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Judge Orders Immediate Release of Detained Immigrant Children (Eng/Esp)

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In a late decision Friday, a federal judge in California has ruled that the detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a violation of a longstanding court settlement and that the families should be released immediately.

In a late decision Friday, a federal judge in California has ruled that the detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a violation of a longstanding court settlement and that the families should be released immediately.

The decision by Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found the two detention centers in Texas; that were opened last summer, fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children.

Judge Gee also found that the migrant children were being held in “deplorable conditions” in the Border Patrol stations after they were first caught, and she said the authorities had “wholly failed” to provide the “safe and sanitary” conditions required for children even in temporary cells.

This is a significant blow to Homeland Securities Secretary Jeh Johnson’s orders which came as a response to an influx of children and parents across the border in South Texas last summer, these immigrants mostly coming from Central America. In her ruling, Judge Gee gave a withering critique of the administration’s positions, declaring them “unpersuasive” and saying officials had ignored the terms of settlement.

The Obama Administration has struggled with a series of setbacks in the federal courts due to its immigration policies. This includes decisions that halted President Obama’s programs that give protection from deportation and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.

The judge’s decision was based on the 18-year-old settlement in a hard fought class action lawsuit that has governed the treatment of minors apprehended at the border who are unaccompanied. Judge Gee found that this settlement, which has been carried out with little dispute from authorities, also applies to children caught with their parents.

The judge also found that the detention centers were a “breach” of provisions requiring that minors be placed in facilities that are not secured like prisons and are licensed to take care of children. The detention centers are secure facilities run by private prison contractors.

The detention of mothers and children has drawn furious criticism from immigrant advocates and religious Latino groups, who have called on the administration to shut the centers down.

Homeland Security officials opened detention centers in Texas in Dilley and Karnes City. As of June 30, about 2,600 women and children were held in the three centers, officials said.  

Initially, Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families in order to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally. In February, the federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled this strategy unconstitutional.

Despite this, many women and children remained stalled behind walls and fences month after month. Mothers became severely depressed or anxious while children became worried and sickly.

On June 24, Mr. Johnson announced changes to shorten the length of stay for most women and children in the centers. The pace of releases picked up, and more than 150 women and children were freed in one week alone in early July. Officials argued in recent court filings that Judge Gee was ruling on practices no longer in place.

Advocates disagreed.

A decision is expected quickly given the uproar from advocates demanding that prolonging the detention of these women and children a day longer is still illegal. 

In a late decision Friday, a federal judge in California has ruled that the detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a violation of a longstanding court settlement and that the families should be released immediately.

The decision by Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California found the two detention centers in Texas; that were opened last summer, fail to meet minimum legal requirements of the 1997 settlement for facilities housing children.

Judge Gee also found that the migrant children were being held in “deplorable conditions” in the Border Patrol stations after they were first caught, and she said the authorities had “wholly failed” to provide the “safe and sanitary” conditions required for children even in temporary cells.

This is a significant blow to Homeland Securities Secretary Jeh Johnson’s orders which came as a response to an influx of children and parents across the border in South Texas last summer, these immigrants mostly coming from Central America. In her ruling, Judge Gee gave a withering critique of the administration’s positions, declaring them “unpersuasive” and saying officials had ignored the terms of settlement.

The Obama Administration has struggled with a series of setbacks in the federal courts due to its immigration policies. This includes decisions that halted President Obama’s programs that give protection from deportation and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.

The judge’s decision was based on the 18-year-old settlement in a hard fought class action lawsuit that has governed the treatment of minors apprehended at the border who are unaccompanied. Judge Gee found that this settlement, which has been carried out with little dispute from authorities, also applies to children caught with their parents.

The judge also found that the detention centers were a “breach” of provisions requiring that minors be placed in facilities that are not secured like prisons and are licensed to take care of children. The detention centers are secure facilities run by private prison contractors.

The detention of mothers and children has drawn furious criticism from immigrant advocates and religious Latino groups, who have called on the administration to shut the centers down.

Homeland Security officials opened detention centers in Texas in Dilley and Karnes City. As of June 30, about 2,600 women and children were held in the three centers, officials said.  

Initially, Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families in order to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally. In February, the federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled this strategy unconstitutional.

Despite this, many women and children remained stalled behind walls and fences month after month. Mothers became severely depressed or anxious while children became worried and sickly.

On June 24, Mr. Johnson announced changes to shorten the length of stay for most women and children in the centers. The pace of releases picked up, and more than 150 women and children were freed in one week alone in early July. Officials argued in recent court filings that Judge Gee was ruling on practices no longer in place.

Advocates disagreed.

A decision is expected quickly given the uproar from advocates demanding that prolonging the detention of these women and children a day longer is still illegal. 

Articulo en Espanol

 

En una decisión de última hora del viernes, un juez federal de California ha dictaminado que la detención de los niños y sus madres que fueron sorprendidos cruzando la frontera de manera ilegal es una violación de un acuerdo extrajudicial de larga data y que las familias deben ser liberados inmediatamente.

La decisión del juez Dolly M. Gee del Tribunal Federal de Distrito para el Distrito Central de California encontró a los dos centros de detención en Texas; que se abrieron el pasado verano, no cumplen con los requisitos legales mínimos de la liquidación de 1997, para los niños las viviendas.

Juez Gee también encontró que los niños migrantes fueron detenidos en "condiciones deplorables" en las estaciones de la Patrulla Fronteriza después de que fueron capturados en primer lugar, y ella dijo que las autoridades habían "fracasado totalmente" crear las condiciones "seguras y sanitarias necesarias" para los niños, incluso en las células temporales.

Esto es un golpe significativo a las órdenes de la Patria de Valores Secretario Jeh Johnson que entró como una respuesta a la afluencia de niños y padres a través de la frontera en el sur de Texas el verano pasado, estos inmigrantes procedentes en su mayoría de América Central. En su fallo, el juez Gee dio una crítica fulminante de las posiciones de la administración, declarándolos "poco convincente" y diciendo que los funcionarios habían ignorado los plazos de pago.

La Administración Obama ha luchado con una serie de reveses en los tribunales federales, debido a sus políticas de inmigración. Esto incluye decisiones que detuvieron los programas del presidente Obama que dan protección contra la deportación y permisos de trabajo a millones de inmigrantes indocumentados.

La decisión del juez se basó en el 18-años de edad, la liquidación en un luchado demanda colectiva duro que ha gobernado el tratamiento de los menores detenidos en la frontera no acompañados. Juez Gee encontró que este acuerdo, que ha sido llevado a cabo con poca controversia de las autoridades, también se aplica a los niños atrapados con sus padres.

El juez también encontró que los centros de detención eran un "incumplimiento" de las disposiciones que requieren que los menores pueden colocar en instalaciones que no están asegurados como prisiones y tienen licencia para cuidar niños. Los centros de detención son instalaciones seguras a cargo de los contratistas de prisiones privadas.

La detención de las madres y los niños ha generado críticas furiosa de defensores de los inmigrantes y grupos latinos religiosos, que han llamado a la administración a cerrar los centros de abajo.

Funcionarios de Seguridad Interna se abrieron centros de detención en Texas en Dilley y Karnes City. Al 30 de junio de 2600 sobre las mujeres y los niños se llevaron a cabo en los tres centros, dijeron las autoridades.
Inicialmente, funcionarios de Seguridad Interna dijeron que estaban deteniendo a las familias con el fin de enviar un mensaje a otros en América Central para disuadirlos de venir a los Estados Unidos de manera ilegal. En febrero, el tribunal federal en Washington, DC, gobernó esta estrategia inconstitucional.

A pesar de esto, muchas mujeres y niños permanecieron estancados detrás de muros y vallas mes tras mes. Las madres se convirtieron en muy deprimida o ansiosa mientras que los niños se preocuparon y enfermizo.

El 24 de junio, el Sr. Johnson anunció cambios para acortar la duración de la estancia para la mayoría de mujeres y niños en los centros. El ritmo de lanzamientos recogió, y más de 150 mujeres y niños fueron liberados en una sola semana a principios de julio. Los funcionarios argumentaron en los documentos judiciales recientes que el juez Gee fue pronunciarse sobre las prácticas ya no está en su lugar.

Los defensores no estaban de acuerdo.

Se espera una decisión dada rápidamente el alboroto de los defensores de exigir que la prolongación de la detención de estas mujeres y los niños un día más sigue siendo ilegal.

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