Judge Dolly M. Gee, a federal judge in California, ruled on Friday that the Obama Administration’s policy regarding detained immigrant children and their mothers caught crossing the border illegally must end as soon as possible.
Judge Gee came to the conclusion that the facilities in Texas that are used to house the children do not meet the minimum legal standards set in the 1997 Flores v. Reno settlement that governs child detention.
In her decision, Judge Gee said that the children were being held in “widespread deplorable conditions” and went on to accused U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) of failing to provide “safe and sanitary conditions.”
The children in question are a part of the massive influx that crossed into the United States last summer through Mexico, from Central American countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Nearly 60, 000 children entered the country illegally and were detained by ICE, which is a branch of the Department of Homeland Security.
Judge Gee called the Obama Administration’s justifications for continued detention of the children “unpersuasive” and “dubious.”
“We are disappointed with the court’s decision and are reviewing it in consultation with the Department of Justice,” said Marsha Catron, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
The Obama Administration was detaining the children and their mother’s indefinitely in order to deter more illegal immigrants from Central American countries.
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