LOS ANGELES – A Trump administration in the US District Court argues that the government can hold parents and children together at the border as long as necessary to prosecute them.
The submission is a response to US District Judge Dana Sabraw's verdict in San Diego on Tuesday that immigration authorities must stop separating immigrant children from their parents and reunite some 2,000 children detained separately since May
The injunction in favor of an anonymous woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is known only as Ms. L, said that the Department of Justice of President Donald Trump had two options: release parents or children or keep them together for 20 days Limit for the children in a 1
Prosecutors have formally requested that the deal be changed so that families can hold together for the duration of their parents' pro-life for alleged illegal entry into the United States. But the Trump administration now argues that Sabraw's order leaves no choice but to arrest families for prosecution.
"We believe the Flores Agreement allows the government to arrest families to meet Ms. L.'s nationwide order," a US Department of Justice spokesman said. "Nevertheless, we continue to believe that an amendment to the Flores Agreement is appropriate to address this issue."
In the submission, the Ministry of Justice says that it holds families together until their parents' cases are decided, which can take months.
"In order to comply with Ms. L.'s injunction, the government will not segregate families, but will hold families together during the pendency of the immigration process if they are arrested at or between entry ports and are therefore subject to the interim injunction." "Such a move was feared by immigration advocates, who were convinced at the time that President Trump wanted to arrest families by signing an executive order to end the policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border
The American Civil Liberties Union disputes the government's interpretation of the Trump government.
Lee Learned, deputy director of immigration law Project, said the government has a constitutional obligation to release parents who pose no risk of flight or danger, and that parents can release their children if they do not want them to be in a detention center
"Ultimately, the case (San Diego) leaves it up to parents to decide what is in the child's best interest," Learned said. "It would be completely unconstitutional if the government's intention to arrest families is punitive or a
The government's policy of family separation was addressed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the head of staff John Kelly last year, but an increase in migrants from violence in Central America is accelerating the action, officials said.
Many of these people seek asylum in the United States after escaping gang violence and threats in places like Honduras and El Salvador
A policy to keep families longer than 20 days could necessitate the construction of new facilities. NBC News noted that based on government data and a detention rate at the southern border of 420 parents and children per day, immigration authorities will have no room for them within days.