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San Diego Judge Finally Rules in Favor of Trump Admin on Border

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled on Monday that the Trump administration was within its authority to separate families who were detained at the Mexican border, according to The Washington Times.


“The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the administration was splitting families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions including traffic offenses,” the Washington Times reported. “It asked the judge in July to rule on whether the government was justified in separating 911 children during the first year after the judge halted the general practice in June 2018.”


This unexpected verdict is one of the rare instances when the judge from San Diego found in favor of the Trump administration. The same judge found in June of 2018 that the “zero tolerance” policy should be followed by quick reconciliation.



Sabraw, however, was upfront about his lack of desire to second-guess a government decision on to separate families when the parents are considered unfit or dangerous, along with several other exceptions. The judge found no reason to believe that the government was working outside of their established authority on the issue.


“It is an invitation that is potentially massive in scope, invades an area that is particularly within the province of the Executive Branch to secure the Nation’s border, and goes beyond this Court’s class certification and preliminary injunction orders, which were focused on the Administration’s practice of separating families at the border for the purpose of deterring immigration, and failing to reunify those families,” Sabraw wrote in a 26-page decision according to the Washington Times.

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