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Judge halts deportations of reunited immigrant families

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Judge halts deportations of reunited immigrant families

Judge halts deportations of reunited immigrant families

The U.S. government was barred temporarily on Monday from quickly deporting immigrant parents reunited with their children while a federal court considers the impact on childrens’ rights to seek asylum.

Havovi Cooper reports.


Judge halts deportations of reunited immigrant families

Another blow to President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration... A federal court on Monday temporarily barred the U.S. government from quickly deporting immigrant parents newly reunited with their children ... It was a response to a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that said parents need a week after being reunified with their children to decide whether the kids should stay in the U.S. to pursue asylum or be deported with their parents.

The decision comes as Trump administration is struggling to meet a court ordered deadline to reunite over 2,500 immigrant July 26... kids like 6-year old Jelsin Padilla who had an emotional reunion with his mother at the airport in Seattle, Washington this weekend.

SOUNDBITE: YOLANY PADILLA, SAYING (with interpreter voice) SAYING: "It has been so long since I have seen him, imagine how I feel inside." The separations were part of the government's "zero tolerance" policy under which all adults crossing the border illegally would face prosecution.

That sparked an international outcry forcing the administration to end the practice on June 20.

As for the children under 5 years old - officials say all of the roughly 60 eligible children have been re-united with their parents.

The rest remain in the care of the U.S. government.

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