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Detained immigrant mothers and children trapped in legal limbo

Detained immigrant mothers and children trapped in legal limbo

Hundreds of immigrant families remained locked up and in limbo this week after attorneys for the Obama administration resisted a judge's order concerning the increasingly controversial family detention system the attorneys appear determined to defend. The administration's latest response came after U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles in late July in effect ordered the release of all children from family detention centers, as well as mothers not deemed flight or national security risks. In her ruling, Gee found that detaining children who immigrated illegally with or without a parent at the centers violated standards set out in the Flores vs. Meese settlement in 1997. She...

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