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HHS OIG Issues Report on Separated Children Placed in ORR Care

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report that found the total number of children separated from a parent or guardian by immigration authorities is unknown. Pursuant to a June 2018 district court order, HHS has thus far identified 2,737 children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) care who were separated from their parents, but thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017, before the accounting required by the court.

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Interim Final Rule on Asylum Claims Along the Southern Border

The district court, which had previously entered a temporary restraining order against the implementation of the November 9, 2018, interim final rule on asylum claims along the southern border, issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the government from taking any action continuing to implement the rule.

Trump Team Drafting Plan to Deport More Young People—Central American Teens

The Trump administration is weighing a new policy that would fast-track the deportation of thousands of Central American teenagers who arrived at the southern border, unaccompanied by adults. This new policy would call for the expedited deportation of more than 150,000 young people currently protected by the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program, many of whom arrived at the southern border, escaping violence and poverty in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Under the plan being discussed, teens in this group would be sent back to their countries when they turn 18 under a fast-track deportation, preventing them from seeing an immigration judge before they are deported

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