By Michael GersonAssociated Press – US (AP)The US is the only country that applies an expungement law to people whose parents are deceased, even though the law does not require that the parents be alive.
A new study by the Brookings Institution suggests that this legal loophole could allow expunging parents who want to get their children back to live in the United States.
The expungal law requires that a child be presumed to have been removed from its parents’ home if it is not living there when it was removed.
The presumption applies even if the child was separated from its parent before it was placed with another parent.
The study says the law could allow the grandparents who are currently residing in the US to petition the court to expunge their grandchildren.
The grandparents would then be considered the parents and the grandchildren would be presumed parents.
A spokesperson for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency has no comment.
The Brookings study notes that expungements are common in Canada, but not in the U.S.
A 2015 study from the National Conference of State Legislatures found that expulsions from the U,D.C., court system were rare.
The researchers say that expunging grandparents from the grandparents’ estate would provide them with a financial incentive to do so.
The researchers also found that the grandparents would likely be willing to do this because they believe that the children were in their care at the time of their removal.
The law has been criticized by human rights groups who say that it unfairly targets people who are likely to have a greater chance of re-entering society than those whose relatives were removed.
Critics also say that the law is being used to keep people in prison for crimes committed before they were removed from their homes.