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Federal judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 13:28:56-05

HOUSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop expelling immigrant children who cross the southern border alone, halting a policy that has resulted in thousands of rapid deportations of minors during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Wednesday issued a preliminary injunction sought by legal groups suing on behalf of children whom the government sought to expel before they could request asylum or other protections under federal law.

The Trump administration has expelled at least 8,800 unaccompanied children since March.