Last Wednesday, Mr. Trump signed an executive order halting the separation of children from their parents at the border. However, it doesn’t even come close to fixing a situation that he created. Many of children who were separated may never see their families again without extraordinary efforts.
The situation is so critical that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that he is co-leading a coalition of 18 attorneys general who are filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration “over the cruel and unlawful policy of forcibly separating children from their parents without any legitimate justification.”
‘Child internment camps in America…the Trump Administration has hit a new low. President Trump’s indifference towards the human rights of the children and parents who have been ripped away from one another is chilling. Today we are taking the Trump Administration to court because the safety, security and well-being of our children is too important to be threatened by a heartless political maneuver. Not only does the Trump Administration’s policy impact the health and safety of these separated families, it also threatens California’s ability to ensure our residents’ rights and health are protected.’
California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. stated:
‘I strongly support our Attorney General’s efforts to protect children and keep families together. It’s the right thing to do.’
According to the California Department of Justice:
‘The complaint alleges that the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy is in violation of parents’ and children’s constitutional rights, is detrimental to the health and safety of California residents, and violates the state’s sovereignty provided by the U.S. Constitution. The policy has caused measurable harm to immigrant communities throughout the nation.’
The main complaints argued by the attorneys general include the fact that more than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and the severe policy is causing “severe, intentional, and lasting trauma” to all of the families affected. The policy has been designed to deter those seeking refuge from coming to the United States including lawful asylum seekers.
The “zero tolerance” policy creates a situation in which more migrant children are coming unaccompanied, which means that there will be additional trauma which calls for a need for resources that will cause an unnecessary financial burden for states.
The attorneys general also mention that the policy undermines states’ sovereign interests in enforcing laws which normally require preserving the parent-child relationship unless contrary to the best interests of the child. It was reiterated that no law requires separating immigrant children from their parents.
In addition, according to their complaint:
‘President Trump’s Executive Order says nothing about reuniting families, has no impact on the thousands of families who have already been traumatized, and is so vague and equivocal that it is unclear when or if any changes will actually be made.’
States who are part of the complaint include California, Washington, Massachusetts, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
On Tuesday, Sessions upheld Trump’s policy saying that Democrats and others have grossly mischaracterized Trump’s recent moves on immigration. Twitter responded with:
Chelsea Clinton then tweeted her feelings about it after Sessions actually had the gall to make a joke about it:
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