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Immigration detention center at center of legal debate

There are currently many different issues pertaining to immigrants rights in the news and current event discussions throughout the nation. In a state outside Georgia, those advocating immigrant rights are touting a victory over their state regarding an immigration detention center and a recent ruling by the court. The judge's decision ended a legal battle that had been going on for months.

There are many women and children being detained in the 2,400 bed center. The judge said her decision was meant to protect them. She ruled that an immigration center may not be licensed as a center providing childcare. Her ruling came as a temporary injunction regarding current licensing exceptions that, she says, places children in danger by forcing them to room with adult strangers of mixed genders.

A full trial is slated to take place in September 2016. Another judge ordered that immigrants being held in Texas immigration detention centers, where the recent injunction was ordered, should be released as soon as possible. She said child detainees are supposed to be protected and well cared for, and the conditions of detention centers in the state are deplorable.

Apparently, various expert witnesses testified before the judge, saying that it is a detriment to children's health to detain them for extended periods of time. Parents facing immigration detention center problems in Georgia may request a meeting with an experienced attorney. Such issues are often best addressed alongside experienced legal guidance due to the sensitivity and nature of such personal matters. Sometimes, discussing one's situation with an experienced legal advocate brings clarity and direction under the circumstances.

Source: texastribune.org, "Judge Blocks License for Immigration Detention Facility", Julian Aguilar, June 1, 2016

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