ACLU Argues Trump Separated Almost 1,000 Children in Past Year

Yesterday, ACLU lawyers argued in a court filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego that the Trump administration has separated almost 1,000 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border since U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Trump administration to curtail family separations and reunite families more than a year ago. While Acting Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan has argued that children are only separated from their parents when the adults pose a risk to their children because of their “criminal record, a communicable disease, abuse, or neglect,” the ACLU has documented instances of child separation due to minor infractions, inability to communicate with border agents, a dirty diaper, or even medical issues such as the parent being HIV+ or having a broken leg. ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt stated that the Trump administration is “taking what was supposed to be a narrow exception for cases where the parent was genuinely a danger to the child and using it as a loophole to continue family separation. What everyone understands intuitively and what the medical evidence shows, this will have a devastating effect on the children and possibly cause permanent damage to these children, not to mention the toll on […]

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