A judge in California has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to abide by an Obama-era catch and release policy when they encounter immigrant families crossing the Mexican border into the United States.
Judge Dolly Gee rejected Attorney General Jeff Sessions' application to house immigrant families together in a detention center.
Sessions had asked the court to alter the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement that limits the length of time border agents can hold immigrant families after they cross the border.
“Defendants seek to light a match to the Flores Agreement and ask this Court to upend the parties' agreement by judicial fiat,” said Judge Dolly Gee, who was nominated by President Barack Obama. The “best interests [of migrants’ children] should be paramount,” she added.
In 2015, former President Obama updated the Agreement to allow border agents to catch and release immigrants and their children inside the U.S. almost immediately.
The judge's order is good news to child traffickers who often bring unrelated children with them when they cross the border.
“This is the reason I brought a minor with me,” said Guillermo T., a 57-year-old construction worker who recently arrived in Arizona.
The DOJ is now DNA testing immigrant children to determine if they are related to the adults who brought them across the border.
Meanwhile, the #WalkAway movement is gaining momentum as many Democrats -- including Black people -- abandon liberalism, socialism, and the Democratic Party.
The Walk Away campaign was originated by a gay hairdresser from NYC who opposes the “hateful” and “bigoted” right who attached themselves to the LGBT community and are now calling gay white men "privileged".
Former Democrats say they are disillusioned by the Democratic Party's ongoing hostility, violence, and anti-American values.