Last Wednesday, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the government from sending 33 migrant children who came without parents back to Guatemala. The injunction was issued minutes before and ICE flight left for Guatemala City with the children. An ICE official confirmed that the flight left “shortly before ICE was informed of the court’s injunction.” The official said that ICE officers on the ground did not become aware of the judge’s order until the flight had landed and Guatemalan authorities were greeting the children, who remained in Guatemala as of Tuesday. The expulsion of the 33 children happening on the same day of the order could force the agency to bring back the children because it violated the judge’s decision.

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ICE expelled 33 immigrant children to Guatemala in violation of a judicial order.