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US judge temporarily halts deportation of reunited migrant families

People wait outside the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna Port of Entry, where tents have been built to house unaccompanied migrant children on June 18, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. (AFP photo)

A judge in the United states has temporarily halted deportation of reunited migrant families separated by the Trump administration.

Federal Judge Dana Sabraw ordered a delay of deportations Monday a week after reunification upon request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU.)

The request was made over “persistent and increasing rumors … that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification,” according to the ACLU.

The parents are supposed to decide if they want to go back to their country with their children or without them or pursue asylum.

The ACLU argued in its court filing that they need more time to make such a decision as it “cannot be made until parents not only have had time to fully discuss the ramifications with their children, but also to hear from the child’s advocate or counsel, who can explain to the parent the likelihood of the child ultimately prevailing in his or her own asylum case if left behind in the US (as well as where the child is likely to end up living),”

The judge said Friday that the government was presenting a “parade of horribles.”

After many migrant children were separated from their parents or guardians over illegal border crossing, US President Donald Trump had to issue an executive order in June to halt the practice under pressure,

The Trump administration has been under criticism over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Nationwide protests have been held to decry Trump’s crackdown.

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