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A judge suspends US regulations that would speed up deportations of migrants

September 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, Sep 29 (Reuters / EP) –

A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to suspend a plan that would increase the number of people who can be deported expeditiously until a court can decide on the matter.

The lawsuit, filed by WeCount! and other advocates of migration, asked a Washington court to annul a plan that allowed undocumented people to be eligible for deportation without court supervision, unless they could prove they had been in the country for more than two years. .

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District Court of Columbia issued a court order on Friday, which freezes the rules until it can be properly processed by a court, claiming that people represented by groups that help immigrants “would be irreparably affected. for this action. ”

Previously, only migrants detained within a 161-kilometer radius of the border and who had been in the country two weeks or less could be deported quickly. The policy made an exception for migrants who could demonstrate that they were persecuted in their countries of origin.

In addition, this Friday a US judge blocked a reform announced in August by the Donald Trump Administration that would allow migrant families to remain detained indefinitely, claiming that it is contradictory to an agreement drawn up in 1997 that limits de facto 'this time of arrest for a maximum of 20 days for the sake of the well-being of children.

This agreement – which was signed following a complaint filed in 1985 on behalf of the 15-year-old Salvadoran migrant Jenny L. Flores – establishes the legislation to follow regarding the way to treat detained minors and, in the majority of the cases, its immediate release is ordered.

The US president has turned immigration into a seal of his presidency. In this regard, several senior officials of his Administration have repeatedly referred to the standards established in the Flores Agreement as “legal gaps” that attract migrants by forcing authorities to release those who are waiting of your immigration hearings.

The new regulation would have allowed the Administration to keep families in detention centers until their cases were decided, a process that can take months and even years to resolve.