ACLU Says 900 Children Have Been Torn from Their Families Despite Court Order

HeadlineAug 02, 2019

The Trump administration has separated more than 900 children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border since a San Diego federal judge ordered a halt to the practice last summer. That’s according to the American Civil Liberties Union in a court filing Tuesday, which claims the federal government is abusing its discretion to determine what makes a parent unfit. In his motion, ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said, “This issue has reached a critical juncture. Hundreds of children, some literally just babies, are being irreparably damaged because their parent may have committed a minor offense in the past, even a traffic offense.”

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