17 states sue Donald Trump to reunite immigrant families

17 states sue Donald Trump to reunite immigrant families

The June 26 nationwide injunction, issued by US District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego, ordered the government to end its family separation policy and speed reunifications - a response to the aftermath of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" prosecution of migrants at the border.

Attorneys general of California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington state, all of whom are Democrats, joined the lawsuit. The ruling also states that children may only be separated from their parents if it's deemed that the parent poses a threat to them, while also adding that no parent can be deported without their child.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refused to say Tuesday whether the agency is still receiving migrant children separated from their parents.

Some of the children have been reunited with parents or family members, but more than 2,000 still remain locked up in federal custody.

A defiant Trump has, however, said that his "zero tolerance" policy on undocumented immigrants, in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution, will continue.

The American Civil Liberties Union said Sunday that Trump's call to end hearings for undocumented immigrants who enter the country illegally and seek asylum in the USA was unconstitutional.

Grissom says all the children had family contact information and other legal representation.

Juan Sanchez, chief executive of the nation's largest shelters for migrant children, said he fears a lack of urgency by the USA government could mean it will take months to reunite families.

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NY and California are among the states which have launched legal action against the president as pressure mounts on his administration to reconnect families separated at the U.S. border more quickly.

The group was told 10 or fewer children detained in Kansas had been separated at the border and all but three had been reunited with their families.

The clock is ticking for the Trump administration after a federal judge ordered thousands of migrant children and parents reunited within 30 days, sooner if the youngster is under 5.

"We can not allow all of these people to invade our country", Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday, as he reiterated his tough stance on immigration.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that the administration's reversal was only temporary because the government is running out of resources.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT was among those who toured a shelter at the Tornillo border crossing in West Texas.

Trump critics say he's been chipping away at empathy for migrants with rhetoric portraying them in blanket fashion as criminals. 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.

Joining the case was Ms. C, and her 14-year-old son, Brazilians who were apprehended by Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the U.S. -Mexico border and asking for asylum. "These stories are gut-wrenching and heartbreaking of children 6 and 7 years old, separated from their parents, not know where they are and the parents not knowing where their children are".

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