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Judge orders release of detained immigrant families

South Carolina residents may be interested to learn about a judge's ruling on the families that are being held at three immigration detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania. On July 24, a federal court judge in California ordered the Obama administration to release 1,700 parents and children from the facilities. According to the judge, the families in the detention centers are being forced to live in deplorable conditions.

Many of the families that are being held in the facilities are Central Americans who arrived in the U.S. last summer after crossing the border unlawfully to flee gang violence in their home countries. Border officials apprehended about 68,000 of these immigrants and initially released them without pursuing deportation. New immigration detention centers were then opened.

The California judge's order requires the Obama administration to release the immigrants south of the border, but observers have noted that the appeals process could delay the release significantly. Although a settlement in 1997 bars the detention of immigrant children, the Justice Department argued that the settlement should be modified in order to keep families intact while their asylum cases were being reviewed. A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that the agency was disappointed by the court's decision.

A family that is seeking asylum in the U.S. may have a much better chance of receiving approval if they have representation from an immigration attorney. An attorney may be able to gather a strong collection of evidence to prove that the family qualifies for asylum and present it in a compelling manner at court hearings.

Source: Fox News, "Judge orders Obama administration to release illegal immigrants from 'deplorable' facilities," July 27, 2015

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