U.S. border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

U.S. border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

U.S. border agents halt migrant family prosecutions

The 17 states are all led by Democratic attorney generals and joined Washington DC to file the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle.

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.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is co-leading the case with his counterparts in Washington and MA, said in a statement that the separation practice - spearheaded by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions - is "a new low" exemplified by "child internment camps".

"Nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms, from their mothers' wombs, frankly, but we have to make sure that DHS's laws are understood through the soundbite culture that we live in", Conway said, according to the complaint.

During a multi-agency call with reporters, Lisa Desjardins with "PBS NewsHour" asked whether the government is still taking in children who were separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border even after President Donald Trump's executive order to stop family separation.

The lawsuit pointed out that even NY children who live in foster care were afforded more rights than their immigrant counterparts, and provided regular visitation rights even when one or both parents are incarcerated.

CBP officials in Washington didn't respond to a request for comment.

More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters - hundreds of miles away, in some cases - under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally crossing the border.

The bill would have addressed a variety of lingering immigration issues, from ending family separations to Trump's border wall to a solution for almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children whose deportation protections were terminated by Trump.

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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. Moreover, BCS charges $700 a night, so someone is literally turning a profit off of this separation, which is just, you know, evil?

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border.

Immigration advocates criticized Obama during his presidency for the number of deportations his administration directed and detention of its families - although families were kept together.

He also issued a nationwide injunction against further family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn't want to be with the child, and ordered the government to provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.

Congressional (in) action Despite repeated calls from the White House and immigration advocacy groups for Congress to step into the fray, both Republican-controlled chambers have been unable to pass any kind of legislation.

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 USA military bases.

"The Court should order Defendants to reunite every family separated by these unlawful acts immediately", the lawsuit says.

The following states filed suit Tuesday: Minnesota, Washington, North Carolina, California, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont, Delaware and MA.

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