The Trump admin was trying to undo an agreement signed by a previous admin and followed by the last few….
The Trump administration on Monday lost a bid to persuade a federal court to allow long-term detention of migrant families, a significant legal setback to the president’s immigration agenda.
In a ruling that countered nearly every argument posed by the Justice Department, Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Federal District Court in Los Angeles held that there was no basis to amend a longstanding court decision that forces the government to avoid holding migrant children for longer than 20 days.
Judge Gee said the administration’s request was “ a cynical attempt” to shift immigration policymaking to the courts.
President Trump has pledged to end previous administrations’ “catch-and-release” policy for undocumented immigrants apprehended at the border, but the ruling left the administration with few good policy alternatives.
In another setback, federal immigration authorities were preparing to return 54 young migrants to their parents on Tuesday in a secretive operation that involves transporting children hundreds of miles to undisclosed locations around the country — reversing the government’s earlier attempt to hold children and families separately.
The reunions, scheduled in order to comply with a federal court deadline, cover a little more than half of the youngest children — those under the age of 5 — who had been separated from their families under a Trump administration plan to slow the flood of migrants to the southwest border…..