Nov. 19 (UPI) — A federal decide has ordered the Trump administration to cease its coverage of instantly deporting migrant youngsters who cross the U.S.-Mexico border with out a mum or dad, over fears they might unfold COVID-19.

U.S. District Choose Emmet Sullivan issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday in opposition to the Homeland Safety Division apply of utilizing emergency well being measures to ship single youngsters again throughout the border with out first contemplating their humanitarian appeals.

Underneath the coverage, the division cites the Public Well being Service Act to impose stricter border controls, which permits them to ship again 1000’s of unaccompanied youngsters — defying court-mandated protections.

The federal government mentioned it has expelled greater than 200,000 undocumented migrants because the coverage started in March.

The division has argued that the expulsions are wanted to guard border brokers and the American public, arguing that holding unaccompanied youngsters would spawn new COVID-19 outbreaks.

In his order, Sullivan dominated that the division should instantly halt these expulsions and denied a request that the order be delayed whereas the matter is litigated.

“The courtroom agrees that the undisputed authority granted in [federal law] is extraordinary and that the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented,” Sullivan wrote. “However that’s fully distinguishable from whether or not or not [the law] authorizes the federal government to expel individuals.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which sought the injunction on behalf of a migrant baby, known as the injunction a “vital step” in stopping the administration’s “unprecedented and unlawful try and expel youngsters underneath the skinny guise of public well being.”

“The administration’s order has already allowed for the fast expulsion of greater than 13,000 youngsters in want of safety, who had been legally entitled to use for asylum,” ACLU legal professional Lee Gelernt, the lead legal professional within the case, mentioned.