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Immigration reform 2015: court says kids of immigrant mothers should not be arrested

Immigration reform 2015: court says kids of immigrant mothers should not be arrested

Immigration reform 2015: court says kids of immigrant mothers should not be arrested

Finally there is some good news for people stressed by plethora of negative coverage against undocumented immigrants. A federal judge has ruled that the US Department of Justice’s current strategy of arresting children with their mothers after they crossed the US-Mexico border is actually against an 18-year-old court settlement.

In the last few months there have been many rallies and protests against the US Department of Justice’s current system under which children who cross US- Mexico border with their mothers are arrested and kept in detention center. The poor condition of such detention centers has been highlighted by many presentations in the last few months by immigration reform activists.

There is no denying the fact that the latest ruling by the US District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a sort of victory for the immigrant rights lawyers who brought the case. Nonetheless no one is sure about its long term implications as the judge didn’t tell how to treat such children in such scenarios. Reports suggest that the latest ruling upholds a tentative decision Gee made in April, and comes a week after the two sides told her that they failed to reach a new settlement agreement as she had asked for.

Photo courtesy woodtv.comIt is clear that the 1997 settlement actually doesn’t allow authorities to arrest immigrant children along with mother. It also doesn’t allow such kids to be kept in unlicensed facilities. Gee found that settlement covered all children in the custody of federal immigration officials, even those being held with a parent.

In the meantime activists have said that such facilities are unsafe. Peter Schey, executive director of the Center for Human Rights said “They are holding children in unsafe facilities, it is that simple…It’s intolerable, it is in humane, and it needs to end, and end sooner rather than later.”

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