Several nonprofit organizations have sued the federal government on behalf of an unaccompanied 13-year-old migrant girl from El Salvador who was expelled to her home country recently without proper processing by DHS officials under a new policy enacted by the Trump administration during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Texas Civil Rights Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Oxfam last week filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleging the swift removal of the girl on April 27 violated her rights as she was not afforded due process under U.S. amnesty and immigration laws. Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, and U.S. Border Patrol Chief Agent Rodney Scott were named in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is one of the nation’s first legal challenges to the Trump administration’s order restricting immigration at the border based on an unprecedented invocation of the Public Health Service Act, which was implemented when border restrictions were put in place March 20 to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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