July 16, 2018

SAN DIEGO — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from deporting parents and children that it forcibly separated.

The American Civil Liberties Union won a June 26 preliminary injunction requiring reunification of children under 5 by July 10 and all children by July 26. The ACLU sought a temporary restraining order early today over concerns that the government would quickly deport, without oversight or due process, the separated families.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued the stay on deportations until at least July 23 and pending further briefing.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“The judge once again made clear that the government unconstitutionally took these children away and now must do everything in its power to reunite them safely and by the deadline.”

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