Federal judge uses COVID-19 to order release of illegal alien children into the US, says ICE facilities ‘on fire’

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A judge appointed to her post 10 years ago by then-President Barack Hussein Obama has ordered the Trump administration to release the illegal alien children currently held at three detention facilities — two in Texas, and one in Pennsylvania.

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee issued the ruling Friday after reports emerged that 2,500 detained illegal aliens, including some children, have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

“Judge Dolly Gee of California issued the scathing order Friday afternoon saying the Trump administration had failed to provide even the most basic health protections for children and their families amid the pandemic,” NPR reported.

“She described the ICE-operated facilities as being ‘on fire,’ adding that ‘there is no more time for half measures.'”

View the order below:

And so apparently, risking the health of the American people is worth it to Judge Gee, so long as the risk of any additional illegal alien children contracting the virus is reduced.

“Court documents show that as of June 8 there were 124 children in the three detention centers housed alongside family members. Another 507 children were in ORR shelters as of June 7,”  NPR’s report continued.

The order essentially forces ICE to adhere to existing laws established in the Flores Settlement Agreement, which limits how long minors can be held in ICE custody.”

The Flores Settlement Agreement is a widely criticized Supreme Court ruling that forces federal immigration forces to hold detained illegal alien children for no longer than 20 days. After the 20 days expires, the authorities must either separate the children from their illegal alien parents or release the whole family into the U.S.

It was because of the Flores Settlement Agreement that the Obama administration began separating illegal alien children from their illegal alien parents. Last year the Department of Homeland Security tried modifying the rule to stop this from happening:

However, Judge Gee, an Obama nominee, interfered.

“Describing the government’s defense of its proposed new policy as ‘Kafkaesque’ in some of its reasoning, Judge Dolly Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California said it was up to Congress, not the administration, to supplant a 20-year-old consent decree that requires children to be held in state-licensed facilities and released in most cases within 20 days,” The New York Times reported last September.

She’s now using the same argument to force the Trump administration to release illegal alien children into the U.S. population.

The response to her ruling from left-wing activists suggests everything about this matter is political.

Holly Cooper, co-director of the University of California, Davis Immigration Law Clinic and one of the lawyers representing Flores agreement class members, is elated by the latest ruling,” NPR noted. “She says Gee’s decision could lead to the long-awaited the release of entire families.”

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has been used to justify the release of convicted criminals including child molesters and killers, it appears the coronavirus is now being used to justify the release of illegal aliens.

Gee’s reportedly long been a thorn in the side of the Trump administration. Ironically, she also caused the Obama administration some headaches as well.

She’s likewise long been unconcerned with the facts and evidence showing that a significant share of released illegal aliens, including released illegal alien children, wind up just disappearing into the country and never showing up for future immigration hearings.

“The huge percentage of [unaccompanied alien children] in absentia orders suggests that those individuals simply entered the United States to remain in this country illegally, and are not seeking protection from some danger that would entitle them to humanitarian relief, or to some other immigration benefit,” the Center for Immigration Studies warned in 2018.

 

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Vivek Saxena

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