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8,800 Migrant Kids Kicked Out of US Under Trump’s Coronavirus Border Restrictions

Unaccompanied kids board a aircraft on the Mytilene airport, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. About 400 unaccompanied kids and youngsters residing within the camp have been being flown to different amenities in northern Greece after a blaze swept by it and left hundreds in want of emergency shelter. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

Since the Trump administration invoked a public well being regulation to implement new restrictions on the border on March 20, the company has expelled greater than 159,000 individuals.

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  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 8:01 AM IST

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Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied migrant kids have been kicked out of the United States with out court docket hearings underneath the Trump administration’s coronavirus restrictions on the border.

A court docket declaration Friday from US Border Patrol Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz revealed the quantity, which beforehand hadn’t been launched to the general public.






Since the Trump administration invoked a public well being regulation to implement new restrictions on the border on March 20, the company has expelled greater than 159,000 individuals, in keeping with Ortiz. That determine, Ortiz says, included 8,800 kids who have been touring alone and seven,600 relations.

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The Border Patrol official’s submitting, first reported by CBS News, reveals new particulars about who has been kicked out of the US underneath the sweeping public well being restrictions, which largely bar migrants from coming into the nation.

The declaration was filed as a part of the federal government’s attraction of a latest court docket ruling over a controversial facet of the coronavirus restrictions: the rising use of lodges to detain migrant youngsters reasonably than licensed and monitored amenities.

Immigrant and civil rights advocates have warned that the secretive system is placing youngsters at risk. They have criticized the administration for utilizing public well being claims as a pretext to impose harsh immigration restrictions.

Last week, US District Judge Dolly M. Gee dominated that detaining migrant kids in lodges wasn’t secure and didn’t “adequately account for the vulnerability of unaccompanied minors in detention.” She has ordered the federal government to cease the apply by September 15.

But Ortiz and different US officers argue that doing so will put the general public in danger, intervene with efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to comprise Covid-19 and enhance the probability that US Customs and Border Protection brokers and others caring for kids in custody might contract coronavirus. They are asking California’s ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to dam Gee’s order.

In his declaration on Friday, Ortiz said that being compelled to cease detaining migrant kids in lodges would trigger “three significant problems” for the federal government: crowding and an elevated threat of Covid-19 publicity in Border Patrol amenities, an elevated threat of Covid-19 publicity in Health and Human Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement amenities and the straining of an “already overburdened system.”


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