The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class-action lawsuit on Friday against federal government agencies over the practice of separating asylum-seeking parents from their young children.
The suit, filed on behalf of two plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, is naming multiple government agencies as defendants including Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, as well as top officials at the agencies. ACLU accuses the government of a “nationwide unlawful practice of separating parents and children absent any showing that the parent presents a danger to the child.”
Reports arose in December that the Trump administration was considering a new policy to separate border-crossing parents from their children as a way to scare others from seeking refuge in the U.S.
With guest host Libby Denkmann.
Stanley Goldman, professor of law at Loyola Law School specializing in criminal law and procedure; he is also former deputy public defender for Los Angeles County in the Downtown Los Angeles office
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at Center for Immigration Studies