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Court Lets US Border Agents Resume Removing Unaccompanied Minors Without Court Hearings

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Court Lets US Border Agents Resume Removing Unaccompanied Minors Without Court Hearings

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A federal appeals court on Friday blocked a ruling that prevented U.S. border agents from removing illegal immigrants under the age of 18 who travel without an adult to the country. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed a lower court ruling as the case is adjudicated. The panel consisted of Judges Gregory Katsas, Neomi Rao, and Justin Walker, all Trump nominees. The stay was requested by the Trump administration last year after District Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee, said officials were “not acting within the bounds set by Congress” when they suspended the entry of people from Canada and Mexico, regardless of their country of origin, into the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the time cited the COVID-19 pandemic. Then-Director Robert Redfield said the order was “necessary to continue to protect the public health from an …

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