The ruling will create an extremely worthwhile logistical nightmare.
Despite the fact that President Trump signed an executive order that will walk back the rather inhumane practice of separating migrant children from their parents as they try and cross the border into the US, with 2,000 migrant children still in the custody of the US government, it’s becoming increasingly unclear how exactly the reunification process is supposed to play out. But, on Tuesday a federal judge in San Diego ruled that immigration officials have 30 days to reunite all children under five-years-old with their parents.
Judge Dana M. Sabraw of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, who was appointed by George W. Bush in 2006, has also ruled that parents must be allowed to speak on the phone with their children in the next 10 days. This makes things more complicated for the Trump administration, which claims that the executive order to end the separations solved the whole problem. But, thanks to Sabraw’s ruling, the administration now has to solve the problem quickly, rather than on an indeterminate timeline.
Sabraw has successfully argued that holding onto the kids is both untenable and wrong, namely because the separation process outlined by the Justice Department is half cooked and far from the “measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.” Beyond that Sabraw called the whole ordeal “a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making.”
“The unfortunate reality is that under the…
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