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Federal judge orders reunification of separated immigrant families

Federal judge orders reunification of separated immigrant families

File - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, left, speaks as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, and Solicitor General Noah Purcell look on at a news conference announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over a policy of separating immigrant families illegally entering the United States, in front of the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Wash. It's the first legal challenge by states over the practice.

"The administration's practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple", New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement.

The lawsuit accused the Trump administration's policy of undermining NY state's interest in the health, safety, and well-being of all children who live there "by causing severe trauma to these children". "We're going to run out of resources to keep people together".

The administration of President Donald Trump reversed course on that policy after outrage from opponents and his own party, but it is still working on how to reunite parents separated from their children.

Many parents have trekked north from Central America fleeing rampant violence in their countries, saying they fear for their lives and their children's lives, and claiming asylum under USA laws and policies.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the lawsuit and said it had no comment on the Los Angeles filing.

A distraught South American boy who was separated from his family under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" border policy was rushed to hospital after he said he wanted to jump out a window because he missed his parents, a new lawsuit alleges.

However, few families have been reunited since he issued an executive order last week to instead detain families together.

Nations defend U.N. rights council after US pullout
She did not mention Saudi Arabia, which rights groups pushed to be suspended in 2016 over killings of civilians in the Yemen war. Critics say this sends a message that the administration turns a blind eye to human rights abuses in some parts of the world.

Advocates are urging officials to release families to relatives or sponsors, and to revive a Family Case Management Program that provided oversight of freed families The Trump Administration ended the program previous year.

Sanchez with the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs said in an interview with The Associated Press that the government has no process in place to speed the return of children to their parents.

"The unfortunate reality is that under the present system, migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property", Sabraw said. She had passed her initial asylum hearing, but she still had her boys, ages 4 and 10, taken from her for months. Moreover, BCS charges $700 a night, so someone is literally turning a profit off of this separation, which is just, you know, evil?

Global outrage has been sparked over the Trump administration's policy as images of terrified children separated from their parents sleeping in caged structures are being shown on throughout the world.

The mother was one of 32 parents released from federal custody while they pursue asylum cases.

The commissioner and Sessions insisted that the administration's policy remains in effect, but the cases can not be prosecuted because parents can not be separated from their children.

Since calling for an end to the separations, administration officials have been casting about for detention space for migrants, with the Pentagon drawing up plans to hold as many as 20,000 at US military bases.

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.

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