Maryland Among 17 States Suing Over Family Separations
Maryland Among 17 States Suing Over Family Separations
Authorities Abandon 'Zero-Tolerance' for Immigrant Families
01 July, 2018, 05:00
Democrats have harshly criticized the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which has resulted in the separation of migrant families.
The lawsuit argues that the practice of family separations is "irrationally discriminatory" and violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection "because it targets only people crossing our southwestern border, the majority of whom are from Latin America, and not anyone crossing the northern border or entering the United States elsewhere", according to a news release from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office.
"It would appear most separations through at least April of this year took place for entirely different reasons than the rationale the administration has given", the report concludes.
Following a countrywide uproar, the Trump administration has put a temporary pause on referring undocumented parents traveling with their children for criminal prosecution but did not terminate its zero tolerance policy and did not specifically outline whether children would be returned to their parents.
"We are working across the inter-agencies to facilitate reunification of each child with their parent or family as soon as that is practical", Lloyd said.
They've since been reunited; Ms. L cleared a key hurdle in her asylum case and was released from immigration detention.
Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks, sparking global outrage as images of weeping children emerged.
While hundreds of protesters rallied outside a hotel-casino, the attorney general said more than 80 percent of children crossing the border arrive alone, without parents or guardians, and are "often sent with a paid smuggler". Parents, too, struggle to advocate for themselves or communicate with their children from within detention centers.
A Seattle-based immigrant rights group sued Monday on behalf of detained asylum-seekers in Washington state who have been separated from their children. Trump has said he supports efforts to reunite migrant families.
"We want a system where when people come in illegally, they have to go", Trump told reporters at the White House.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT was among those who toured a shelter at the Tornillo border crossing in West Texas. Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship.
In a tweet, he wrote "Hiring manythousands (sic) of judges, and going through a long and complicated legal process, is not the way to go - will always be disfunctional (sic)", he said. Many parents are in custody thousands of miles from their children, whom they have not been able to see and have rarely spoken to for a month or more.
A Missouri attorney says she broke her foot after she was pushed by an immigration agent while taking a 3-year-old boy to join his mother who was being deported to Honduras. But a 1997 government settlement generally bars the government from keeping children in detention with their parents for more than 20 days.
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