About 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children have been expelled from the US under a pandemic-related measure, authorities said Friday. The Trump administration has expelled more than 159,000 people since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented a policy that effectively ended asylum in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The figures were reported for the first time by Border Patrol deputy chief Raul Ortiz, as part of the Trump administration’s appeal of an order to stop housing children in hotels. Before the pandemic, unaccompanied children were sent to state-licensed shelters that were run by the Department of Health and Human Services before they were typically released to family members while seeking asylum. Read more: Stuck at border, migrants still hope for asylum in US Since the CDC’s order, officials have quickly removed migrants without standard immigration proceedings. Watch video 02:21 Share COVID-19 and migrants in Mexico Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3dBz6 Migrants in Mexico trapped amid coronavirus fears Hard line against immigration, hard hit by virus The Trump administration asked the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling last week that stated the use of hotels skirted… Read full this story
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