A ruling by Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee that mandated illegal immigrant children and their mothers be released early because of intolerable conditions in detention centers has had huge ramifications.
Immigration judges in Texas have begun ordering the release of women and children from detention without bond following Gee's decision on Friday, the Huffington Post reported.
All nine women and their children who appeared for bond hearings at a South Texas Family Residential Center in Diley, Texas on Monday were released without bond or an ankle bracelet, according to the attorney for the illegal immigrants.
"That's the first time this has happened. This is groundbreaking," Andrew Free, an attorney who represents women and children locked up at a large U.S. family detention center, told the Huffington Post.
Judges in a Miami hearing argument done over webcam ordered women and children to be released on a "conditional parole," that does not require a bond payment.
This is a complete turnaround from rulings conducted just weeks ago.
"In the past, we've been able to get conditional parole for extreme hardship -- medical cases, family unification. Today, we got it for everybody. No monetary bonds at all were set and we think that's all the judges can do in light of this federal court ruling that it's illegal for these people to even be detained here," Brian Hoffman, an attorney who coordinates pro bono lawyers representing women at a detention center, told the Huffington Post.
Gee's ruling expanded the 1997 Flores Agreement, which gave guidelines to holding illegal immigrant children who crossed the border alone. The judge's opinion stated that those rules had to be followed not only for illegal immigrant minors who crossed the border alone but also for those who crossed with their mothers.
The family detention centers were largely done away with in 2009 but re-instated in 2014 when 68,000 illegal alien minors were apprehended crossing the border last summer.