Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. Judge Orders Immediate Release Of Detained Brazilian Boy In Chicago

U.S. Judge Orders Immediate Release Of Detained Brazilian Boy In Chicago

President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally but its policy of separating immigrant children from parents met fierce global criticism so it is now trying to keep detained families together while the parents await trial. Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.

"She turned herself and her son into U.S. authorities at the Texas border and requested asylum, arguing her life was in danger in her native Brazil".

The order, published online by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) states that all children under the age of five will be reunified with their parents in 14 days, and minors older than five will be reunited with their parents within 30 days.

As expected, Washington's Attorney General Bob Ferguson has challenged the Trump administration in court over its policy to forcibly separate immigrant families, contending in a lawsuit filed on behalf of 17 states and the District of Columbia Tuesday that President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy violates constitutional due-process rights of parents and children and runs afoul of federal asylum laws.

Her lawyer, Bless, said some parents who are trying to get their children placed with friends or relatives in the USA are being asked by the government to provide, along with fingerprints of relatives, utility bills and lease information, which many newly arrived immigrants don't have.

More than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents at the border have been dispatched to the far corners of the nation to care facilities and foster homes.

Lidia Souza wouldn't take her hands off her son Thursday afternoon. Among them: a 36-page application, including Souza's fingerprints as well as those of the members of the household where she is staying.

Souza and her son were separated about four weeks ago after she requested asylum, arguing her life was in danger in her native Brazil.

A group of Democrats in Congress is proposing legislation directed at giving lawmakers more access to government shelters housing immigrant children. He was taken from her May 30 after she asked for asylum and sent to a shelter in Chicago.

Souza was seeking safety by coming to the USA, but it's not the safety she sought for herself and her son.

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Benard Dreyer, director of the division of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine called the US government's decision of separating children from their parents topped with that the children may need to defend themselves "unconscionable". But, he said, "the government's interests in completing certain procedures to be sure that (Souza's child) is placed in a safe environment and in managing the response to ongoing class litigation do not outweigh the family's interest in reuniting".

"We were representing a 3-year-old in court recently who had been separated from the parents", Lindsay Toczylowski, executive director of Immigrant Defenders Law Center in Los Angeles, told the Tribune.

After the hearing, Souza told reporters she's confident the lawsuit will succeed, but that the wait is "heartbreaking".

A source at the CBP said it expects to soon resume the referrals for prosecution and is still sending for prosecution those adults who are caught crossing illegally and do not have children with them.

"I cried nearly every day I wasn't with my mother", he said, also speaking through a translator.

Souza visited Diogo for the first time since May on Tuesday.

"It was like I was forcing the words out of him", she said.

Their visit lasted an hour. On Thursday, Souza said she had reason to worry her son wasn't eating well and could lose weight.

Melania Trump returned to the border Thursday to meet face-to-face with those dealing with her husband's hardline immigration policies firsthand. He said other children in the shelters "are suffering a lot", and he described how he spent time in isolation because he had chickenpox.

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