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by Stephen Lendman

The order reflects a window of justice, perhaps a pyrrhic triumph – way overshadowed by Trump regime, congressional hardliners, and Supreme Court harshness, hostile to unwanted aliens, uncaring about constitutionally guaranteed due process and equal protection rights – mandated for everyone in America, a tough challenge to overcome.

On Tuesday, California federal district court judge Dana Sabraw ruled against separating family members of unwanted immigrants.

He issued a preliminary injunction, ordering children under age-five reunited with parents within 14 days, all separated family members within 30 days.

The ruling followed the Supreme Court’s unconstitutional support for Trump’s travel ban. Sabraw also banned all future family separations affecting unwanted aliens, unless a parent is judged unfit or doesn’t want to be with his or her child.

He ordered the Trump regime to provide phone contact between parents and children within 10 days.

His ruling followed the ACLU’s class action lawsuit to end family separations and immediately reunite children with parents.

It accused the Trump regime of subjecting thousands of children to “irreparable trauma,” along with holding them as hostages, denying reunion with parents unless they voluntarily signed a deportation order.

The ACLU denounced the cruel and inhuman treatment of unwanted aliens and their children “to sabotage the legal claims of people seeking refuge.”

Republicans and undemocratic Dems don’t give a hoot about preserving and protecting the fundamental rights of US citizens.

Who can believe Speaker Paul Ryan saying GOP lawmakers “want to keep families together,” the party doing nothing to help them and alien minor “dreamers” with them controlling Congress.

A previous article discussed GOP anti-immigration reform legislation, leaving the issue festering unresolved.

Instead of protecting “dreamers” and ending family separations, it continues both unacceptable practices.

Trump and congressional hardliners are militantly hostile to unwanted aliens because of their race, ethnicity and/or religion. Unwelcome in America, they’re treated harshly to discourage others from coming.

Undemocratic Dems acted the same way during the neoliberal 90s and during Obama’s deplorable tenure.

Judge Sabraw in his ruling accused governance in Washington of a “chaotic” mess of its “own making,” adding:

US officials “measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process, is enshrined in our constitution.”

The Justice Department hasn’t commented on his ruling so. ACLU immigrants’ rights project deputy director Lee Gelernt argued the case.

His optimism may be overblown, saying “(t)his ruling is an enormous victory for parents and children who thought they may never see each other again.”

“Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited.”

For how many affected families for how long remains unclear. The Trump regime appealed lower court rulings until it got the Supreme Court to uphold its travel ban.

Unwanted aliens have no friends in Washington among the leaders of both parties – beholden solely to wealth, power and privileged interests, no one else.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.