Judge orders Trump administration to stop immediate deportations of unaccompanied immigrant minors

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Unaccompanied child migrants from Honduras voluntarily turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents near Roma on March 8, 2016. Credit: Martin do Nascimento/The Texas Tribune

A federal district judge on Wednesday ruled that the Trump administration can’t continue its practice of immediately deporting unaccompanied minors without due process.

The administration has been doing that since March, when it invoked what’s known as a “Title 42” order to turn back the migrants as a way to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Oxfam, a global coalition of charity organizations.