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Lawyers for the federal government Friday urged a judge deciding whether to close a massive facility for unaccompanied migrant children in government custody to disregard several declarations by physicians and an expert on law and immigration.
The declarations were made over the summer as part of legal proceedings surrounding a landmark court settlement that set the standards for unaccompanied migrant children in government custody. Lawyers in the case are demanding the closure of the nation’s largest so-called shelter for unaccompanied migrant children, in Homestead, Florida.
The article goes on to state the following:
The attorneys interviewed children in Homestead — which is currently empty, but can hold as many as 1,200 children — in November 2018 and March 2019. They said in the May motion that, were “harmed by lengthy detention at Homestead,” and subject to “prison-like” rules. That motion included testimonials from dozens of children who were detained at Homestead, as well as the declarations the government is now seeking to bar — from an attorney who interviewed many of the children, and a trio of physicians.
Attorneys for the government said some of the interviews Frye referenced in her declaration were conducted by others. They called some of her allegations hearsay.
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