Which president signed a federal law that forbids the U.S. from immediately deporting illegal immigrants apprehended at the border if they are under the age of 18, not accompanied by their parents, and from nations that don't directly border the U.S.?
In 2008, George W. Bush signed a law to combat human trafficking, which in part, requires special treatment for "unaccompanied alien children" from nations that don't directly border the U.S. The law states that when such children are "apprehended at the border," they must be "promptly placed in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child," "provided access to counsel," and "placed in removal proceedings." This means they cannot be returned to their homeland without a court order. Both houses of Congress passed the bill unanimously. The two illegal immigrants who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland high school bathroom were both allowed into the U.S. under this law.