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New York joins 16 other states suing feds over migrant child separation

Jun 27, 2018 12:39 pm
The Guardian reports that New York and 16 other states filed suit June 26 against the Trump administration to make federal officials reunite migrant families separated at the border. “Keeping children separated from their parents is inhumane, unconscionable, and illegal – and we’re filing suit to stop it,” Attorney General Underwood said in a press release June 26. “By tearing children away from their parents and sending them hundreds of miles away, the Trump administration has already caused unfathomable trauma to these children, while undermining New York’s fundamental interests in protecting their health, safety, and wellbeing. This is not who we are as a country, and we won’t stand by as the Trump administration undermines the Constitution and our rights.” Politico reports that New York currently holds “at least 321” migrants at 11 agencies around the state. “The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement released over the weekend, but many other reports dispute that claim.