McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A civil rights group attorney says federal
prosecutors unexpectedly dropped misdemeanor charges against 17 adult
immigrants who crossed the border with children.
Efren Olivares, a lawyer with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said
outside of the federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas, that the 17
immigrants were supposed to have been sentenced Thursday morning for
improperly entering the U.S.
Olivares says the 17 will likely be placed in immigration detention,
though he didn’t know whether they would be reunited immediately with
their children or released altogether. Asked if they had any reaction to
the charges against them being dropped, he said, “They’re asking about
their children, frankly.”
The Texas Civil Rights Project is interviewing adults to track them and their children through separate government systems.
The dropping of the charges comes a day after President Donald Trump
reversed a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their
parents upon entering the U.S. without permission.