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The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Tuesday to block the Trump administration from continuing to separate hundreds of families in defiance of a previous court order.
More than 900 parents and children — including babies — have been separated since the court granted a nationwide injunction over a year ago, according to the ACLU.
The Trump administration has been forcibly removing migrant children from their parents since last year as part of Trump’s Draconian immigration policies.
“It is shocking that the Trump administration continues to take babies from their parents,” Lee Gelernt, lead attorney in the family separation lawsuit and deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said. “Over 900 more families join the thousands of others previously torn apart by this cruel and illegal policy. The administration must not be allowed to circumvent the court order over infractions like minor traffic violations.”
The motion was filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego.