Jun 26, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Judge orders ICE to release children from family detention centers amid coronavirus

Children walk with women in a large dirt field

Immigrant woman and children walk across a field during a media tour at the South Texas Family Residential Center in August 2019 in Dilley, TX. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A federal judge on Friday ordered Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to release migrant children held in three family detention centers across the U.S. by July 17, the New York Times reports.

Catch up quick: Some children in an ongoing court case had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, per the Times. The ruling affects 124 children who have been held in ICE detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania for over 20 days, the Times reports, citing the order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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