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Children facing deportation are asking Trump and Biden for help

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In a last-ditch effort days before they could face deportation, children in federal custody are asking President Donald Trump, President-elect Joe Biden and Congress for help.

An accompanying letter signed by more than 60 organizations -- including Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights and Kids in Need of Defense -- called for officials to give the children and their families a chance to seek asylum, and for lawmakers to step in and pass legislation to help them if necessary.

According to lawyers representing them, the families were stopped from seeking asylum under a Trump administration policy that's since been blocked in federal court.

Lawyers representing the children and their families are appealing that ruling, and the government has agreed not to deport the families through November 21, according to court documents.

Asked why the families have not been permitted to seek asylum, an ICE spokeswoman said they have "no legal basis" to stay in the United States.

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