Jul 16, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Judge halts family deportations for a week

Children protesting with signs that say "abolish ICE"

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A federal judge has ordered that the deportation of recently reunited migrant families be stopped for one week following the American Civil Liberties Union's complaint of rumored plans for family "mass deportations," the AP reports.

Big picture: Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security are rapidly reuniting families in compliance with an earlier court order. The ACLU argued that if families are hurriedly deported, parents may not have sufficient time to decide whether to take their kids back to their home country or leave them in the states to seek asylum. The government has the week to respond.

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