Judge Shields Migrant Families From COVID-19 Expulsions

By Jennifer Doherty (September 16, 2021, 3:30 PM EDT) -- A federal judge blocked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from expelling migrant families under a public health law, ruling Thursday that the families are likely correct in alleging that the executive branch overstepped the statute.

While granting class certification to detained families challenging a series of orders issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, D.C., said the families had demonstrated that they faced irreparable harm without an injunction, given the limited opportunities available to them to pursue humanitarian claims under the law.

"The statute as a whole does not contain...

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