Arizona officials have not said whether the SUV was being used for a smuggling operation. But court records show the driver and passenger of the vehicle were previously convicted of immigrant smuggling charges
The government did not say in the call or in its court filing how many of those parents were deported. One immigrant, Douglas Almendarez, told Reuters he believed that returning to Honduras was the only way to be reunited with his 11-year-old son.
Obama slammed the decision as "wrong," "self-defeating'' and "cruel.'' House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called it "a deeply shameful act of political cowardice and a despicable assault on innocent young people in communities across America.''
With tens of thousands of unaccompanied children entering U.S., a federal appeals court said immigrant children who cross the border without their parents have the right to a court hearing to challenge any decision to detain them.