UPDATED 8:30 AM PT — Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018
A federal judge ruled the government cannot deport a Honduran woman without her daughter.
U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss issued a temporary restraining order on Monday, saying the mother could not be deported if her daughter remains in custody.
The unidentified mother and daughter reportedly came to the U.S. about two years ago, and are currently being held together at a family detention center in South Texas.
This ruling follows recent reports indicating illegal immigrants are using loopholes, including illegally crossing the border with children, in order to avoid deportation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan said earlier this year, with families and children crossing, there are virtually no consequences to being apprehended.