ACLU Asking Judge To Shut Down Border Family Separations

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 5:13pm
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:11am

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the government to reunite families. It’s part of a class-action lawsuit filed last May that seeks to stop the government from separating families.

President Donald Trump’s executive order stops the separation of families but the ACLU wants to prevent any potential loopholes in the order that could still lead to separation.

Now that so much time has gone by, we see how young the children are, how many of them there are, the horrendous trauma they are suffering, we will be asking the judge to issue an order as soon as he can,” said Lee Gelernt of the ACLU.

Thursday, the Justice Department asked a judge to lift a restriction preventing it from detaining kids for more than 20 days. It stems from a settlement in a case known as the Flores settlement.

Justice Department Press Assistant Sarah Sutton did not respond to a request for an interview but emailed this statement:

"Irrespective of the Court's decision in Flores, it is incumbent for Congress to finally act to keep families together, end catch and release, and create the foundation for an immigration system that serves the national interest."

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