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Legal professionals who visited migrant youngsters say Trump’s border closure turned kids into ‘political pawns’

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Legal professionals who visited unaccompanied migrant youngsters packed into an overcrowded facility in Texas, have stated Donald Trump’s choice to show away 1000’s of children helped flip the most recent migrants into “political pawns”.

Final yr, the Trump administration seized on the Covid pandemic to announce on 21 March 2020 it was expelling as many as 13,000 migrants who had been held in US Customs and Border Safety (CBP) services. They had been despatched again to Mexico, below a bit of public well being laws, Article 42, regardless of critics stating they’d a authorized proper to make asylum claims.

In December, a federal courtroom blocked the Trump administration from persevering with to deport unaccompanied migrant youngsters. When he assumed workplace, Joe Biden continued to maintain in place massive elements of Article 42, however he stated his administration would course of the claims of unaccompanied kids within the US.

In latest weeks, there was a pointy leap within the variety of kids being handled on the border, main Republicans to accuse Mr Biden of “opening the borders”. There are roughly 5,000 youngsters in CBP services within the Rio Grande Valley, with maybe as many as 1,000 on the camp south of Donna, just some miles from the border with Mexico.

Over the weekend, Democratic congressman Henry Cuellar, whose district consists of Donna, launched photographs exhibiting overcrowded circumstances on the facility and informed Axios the kids confronted “horrible circumstances”.

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