Humane Treatment of Migrant Children and Families

Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45... Read more
Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day. The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment does not permit the government to forcibly take a child from her mother, without justification or even a hearing. Read less
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June 18, 2018
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ACLU Action

June 18, 2018

Before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California:

Declare the separation of Ms. L. and her daughter unlawful;

Preliminarily and permanently enjoin ICE from continuing to separate Ms. L. and her daughter;

Order ICE either to release Ms. L. and her daughter, or to detain them... Read more

June 18, 2018

Before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California:

Declare the separation of Ms. L. and her daughter unlawful;

Preliminarily and permanently enjoin ICE from continuing to separate Ms. L. and her daughter;

Order ICE either to release Ms. L. and her daughter, or to detain them together;

Enjoin defendants from removing Ms. L. from the country until she is reunited with her daughter, in the event that Ms. L. is not granted asylum and permitted to remain in the United States; and

Order all other relief that is just and proper.

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American Academy of Pediatrics

March 13, 2018

We write to implore you to intervene with immigration enforcement and put an end to the separation of parents and children. As pediatricians, it is our view that the separation of children from their parents as a tool of law enforcement to deter immigration is inhumane and counterproductive. Children may not even know why they... Read more

March 13, 2018

We write to implore you to intervene with immigration enforcement and put an end to the separation of parents and children. As pediatricians, it is our view that the separation of children from their parents as a tool of law enforcement to deter immigration is inhumane and counterproductive. Children may not even know why they were brought to the U.S. if their parent understandably chose to protect them from the dangerous circumstances that forced them to flee their home country.

We ask you to put children first and not exacerbate their suffering by the additional trauma of being separated from their parents. As children develop, their brains change in response to environments and experiences. The AAP looks forward to hearing from you on our request for a meeting. In the meantime, we urge you to publicly reject the separation of parents and children at our nation’s borders. 

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July 10, 2018We have identified 102 children under age 5 who, upon initial review by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) were determined potentially to have been separated from a parent, and who therefore were potentially the children of class members. Of the 75 children eligible for reunification, Defendants have already... Read more
July 10, 2018

We have identified 102 children under age 5 who, upon initial review by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) were determined potentially to have been separated from a parent, and who therefore were potentially the children of class members. Of the 75 children eligible for reunification, Defendants have already reunified 4, and expect to reunify 34 by the July 10 deadline, and 16 soon thereafter pending confirmation of eligibility. 14 are not eligible for reunification because their parents are not class members, including 8 parents had serious criminal history discovered during background checks (criminal histories identified include child cruelty and narcotics, human smuggling, a warrant for murder, and robbery). 5 adults were determined not to be the parent of the accompanying child., and 1 parent faces credible evidence of child abuse. 10 are not eligible for reunification at this time. They will be assessed for reunification after they are released from criminal custody. 51 are eligible for reunification with a parent who is currently in ICE detention. 20 are eligible for reunification but cannot be reunified by July 10 due to legitimate logistical impediments that render timely compliance impossible or excusable.

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Letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen

2018/03/01 - American Academy of Pediatrics

‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father

2018/06/07 - New York Times

ACLU Obtains Documents Showing Widespread Abuse of Child Immigrants in US Custody

2018/05/01 - ACLU

‘They just took them?’ Frantic parents separated from their kids fill courts on the border

2018/06/09 - Washington Post


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