Advocates applaud court orders to release detained families

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July 28, 2015

An immigration advocate demonstrates in Los Angeles July 10. A federal judge ruled July 24 that family detention violates long-standing policy that resulted from a 1997 settlement in a Supreme Court case over holding immigrant youth. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters) See DETAIN-RULING July 28, 2015.

An immigration advocate demonstrates in Los Angeles July 10. A federal judge ruled July 24 that family detention violates long-standing policy that resulted from a 1997 settlement in a Supreme Court case over holding immigrant youth. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A federal judge ruled July 24 that the government’s immigrant family detention system violates a settlement agreement dating to 1997 over how juveniles in the custody of the immigration agency are treated.

Advocates for the thousands of families being held in compounds run by for-profit prison companies hailed the ruling and said it should mean the end of the policy of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to lock up families while they pursue asylum and other types of protection from deportation.

Judge Dolly Gee of the Central California District Court found ICE violated a court settlement reached in 1997 with a strategy enacted last summer of detaining women and their children as a deterrent to others who might try to cross the U.S. border at Mexico. The Obama administration was given until Aug. 3 to officially respond to Gee’s ruling.

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