Judge rules US can't use Covid-19 to expel migrant children
A US judge has slotxo blocked expulsions of unaccompanied migrant children entering the US,
halting a pandemic-era White House policy.
Judge Emmet Sullivan of the US DC District Court said that risk of Covid-19 could not be used
to turn out the minors without due process.
Since March, the White House has used an emergency health declaration to remove migrants
before they could asylum.
It affected thousands of minors.
In a two-page order, Judge Sullivan wrote that unaccompanied migrant children must be
granted protections established by Congress, which gives some immigrants who enter
the chance to apply for asylum, and bars migrant children from being deported.
Last spring, the Trump administration cited the onset of the coronavirus pandemic to override
these protections, citing a law from the late 19th century which allows the government bar
to people from entering to stop the spread of a communicable disease in the US.
Since mid-March, border officials have carried out expulsions for most migrants who do not
have travel documents before they are able to meet with an immigration judge or speak
with an asylum officer.
Agents have turned some migrants back immediately to Mexico, while keeping others
in holding centres or hotels - instead of government-funded facilities meant to house
children while they are placed with sponsors.
The policy has affected some 200,000 migrants in total since its implementation in March.
On Wednesday, Judge Sullivan ruled that the White House had acted outside the bounds
set by Congress, writing that the public health law invoked by the administration does not
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