Federal Judge Rules Immigrant Children Should Not be Housed in Family Detention

On July 24, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court of California ordered the Obama administration to release immigrant children from detention facilities. After an increase in the number of Central Americans entering the United States last summer, the Obama administration pursued a detention policy for mothers with children to deter other families from migrating to the United States.

Judge Gee ruled that the detention of families violated the Flores v. Reno settlement, which concluded that children should be released from detention or held in the least restrictive settings. She ruled that the Obama administration should release children with their parents, denying the option that children be released and their parents be kept detained.

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