A leaked memo from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reportedly revealed President Barack Obama plans to bypass a court injunction that temporarily paused his immigration deferred action program.
The U.S. federal government defended its immigrant detention practices, despite objections from congressional lawmakers and presidential candidates, as the Department of Homeland Security filed an appeal against the potential release of detained immigrant children.
The 10 months of the 2015 fiscal year saw the rate of unaccompanied undocumented immigrant children drop by 51 percent compared to 2014. Through Mexico and Central America, most unaccompanied children have come from Guatemala.
President Barack Obama's November 2014 immigration executive actions, which expanded his deferred action programs, are still questioned by courts, and his administration narrowly missed contempt charges for helping undocumented immigrants.
President Barack Obama and his administration are facing criticism for continuing immigrant detention policies despite a court ruling stating the detention of immigrant women and children violates a 1997 settlement agreement.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has asked to be excused from an immigration court hearing. Ahead of the Aug. 19 court hearing, a motion was filed on his behalf as Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas' Brownsville Division ordered his appearance and explain why he should not be in contempt of court.