Judge blocks in­def­i­nite cus­tody of migrants’ kids

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — A fed­eral judge in Los An­ge­les has blocked the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion from ac­ti­vat­ing new reg­u­la­tions that would have dra­mat­i­cally ex­panded its abil­ity to de­tain mi­grant chil­dren with their par­ents for in­def­i­nite pe­ri­ods of time, deal­ing a blow to the pres­i­dent’s ef­forts to tamp down unau­tho­rized bor­der cross­ings.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Dolly Gee is­sued the per­ma­nent in­junc­tion Fri­day, hours af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments from the Jus­tice Depart­ment and ad­vo­cates for im­mi­grants in a long-run­ning fed­eral case in the Cen­tral Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia.

Jus­tice Depart­ment lawyers had urged Gee to al­low the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to with­draw from the Flores Set­tle­ment Agree­ment, a 1997 con­sent de­cree that sets a 20-day limit for de­tain­ing mi­grant chil­dren in some shel­ters.

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