The Trump administration was sued on Tuesday (June 26) by 17 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, which are seeking to stop what they called its "cruel and unlawful " policy of forcibly separating immigrant families who enter the country from Mexico.
The Trump administration enacted a "zero tolerance" policy that in recent weeks resulted in at least 2,300 kids being separated from their parents, and the lawsuit argues the administration "violated the constitutional due process rights of the parents and children by separating them as a matter of course and without any finding that the parent poses a threat to the children".
States including Washington, California, New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia, filed a complaint calling the policy unconstitutional in federal court in Seattle. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Monday, June 25, that children who range in age from newborns to 5 years old are being sheltered at this facility and His House Children's Home in Miami Gardens. The ongoing legal fight intensified after President Donald Trump scored a major victory on his travel ban.
However, he also said the Trump administration would "do everything in our power to avoid separating families". But he then said lawmakers from his Republican Party, which has a majority in Congress, should give up on it.
Seventeen U.S. states sued Trump for the policy of separating undocumented children from parents.
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House Speaker Paul Ryan said the broader bill would also resolve the issue of young adults known as "Dreamers", who were brought to the United States illegally as children, focus on a merit-based immigration system and secure USA borders and the rule of law.
Senate Democrats and Republicans have been exploring possible legislation to ban the separation of immigrant children from their families and require rapid reunification of children taken from their parents under the zero-tolerance policy.
America's top law official said that refusing to prosecute adults who illegally enter the U.S. "would be a disservice to the people of this country", reports the New York Times.