Thursday, January 24, 2019

Federal Lawsuits Accuse the Trump Administration of Violating Rules in Detention of Immigrant Children

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 12:14 PM

click to enlarge Staff and detainees walk between the tents inside the Tornillo, Texas, detention center for immigrant children, which closed earlier this year. - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Staff and detainees walk between the tents inside the Tornillo, Texas, detention center for immigrant children, which closed earlier this year.
At least four federal lawsuits are now challenging the Trump administration over its treatment of migrant children, according to reporting by National Public Radio.

The suits argue the administration's ongoing detention of immigrant children, largely from Central America, violates a 2008 federal rule requiring children be housed "in the least restrictive setting available."

The suits bolster the claims of immigrant rights groups who say children are lingering in lockup when they have U.S. relatives who are willing to care for them. Many of the migrant children now in detention fled dangerous conditions in Central America without their parents or a guardian.

One of the suits, filed Friday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, also maintains that the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement collaborated with immigration authorities to start deportation cases against family members who stepped forward to care for detained children.



Over the past year, 170 such sponsors have been arrested and forced into deportation proceedings, NPR reported, citing information from the lawsuit's attorneys.

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