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ICE Ordered To Release Children From Detention Centers

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Young people walk the grounds of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children in Homestead, Fla. in July 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Late Friday night, U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee directed the federal government to make every effort to promptly and safely release children who are in custody at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) and Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities.

That includes children subjected to the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program, and the Migrant Protection Protocols. The order applies to about 2,100 unaccompanied minors in custody through the Office of Refugee Resettlement, as well as 342 children who are currently being held with their families at the three I.C.E. detention centers.

Unacompanied minors will be released to relatives.

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