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Federal Judge orders thousands of children be reunited with immigrant parents

June 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Federal Judge orders thousands of children be reunited with immigrant  parents

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A woman at the center of a lawsuit against the separation of immigrant parents from their children says she hopes the court’s ruling will result in quicker action by the U.S. government.

The mother from Brazil who identified herself only as Jocelyn because of her pending asylum case said Thursday she hadn’t seen her son in nine months after they were separated at the Texas border in August 2017 and wants to prevent other mothers from going through the same ordeal.

Her comments came on the heels of Tuesday’s decision by a U.S. District Court judge in San Diego, ordering thousands of children to be reunited with their immigrant parents within 30 days, or sooner for kids of a younger age.

Jocelyn is now living at an immigration shelter in El Paso awaiting the outcome of legal proceedings, according to The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Arizona facilities are currently housing 1,654 immigrant children, including 328 who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s office confirmed the figures Wednesday.

Ducey said he doesn’t believe children should be separated from their families but maintains the importance of strong border security, urging Congress to finally overhaul the archaic immigration system.

“They haven’t been able to get anything done. Now’s the time to act,” Ducey said in a statement.

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