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Los Angeles: Consent Decree and District Court

los angeles: The government said that long-term confinement was the only way to avoid separating families when parents were detained on criminal charges, according to Toronto Star. A mother, left, and son, from Guatemala, hold hands during a news conference following their reunion in Linthicum, Md., after being reunited in June following their separation at the U.S. border. In a ruling that countered nearly every argument posed by the Justice Department, Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles held that there was no basis to amend a long-standing consent decree that requires children to be released to licensed care programs within 20 days. A California federal judge rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families in long-term facilities, calling it a cynical attempt' to undo a longstanding court settlement. In another setback, federal immigration authorities were preparing Monday to unspool the administration's family separation program, with 54 young migrants scheduled to be returned to their parents as a result of an earlier court ruling from a federal judge in San Diego. Patrick Semansky / The Associated Press Gee said the administration's request to modify the decree, the 1997 Flores agreement, was a cynical attempt to shift immigration policymaking to the courts in the wake of over 20 years of congressional inaction and ill-considered executive action that have led to the current stalemate. ( As reported in the news.