SAN DIEGO — A federal court today imposed a six-month deadline on the Trump administration to identify potentially thousands more children it separated from parents. The government originally proposed up to two years.
The American Civil Liberties Union sought the order. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued it during the family separation hearing in San Diego.
Lee Gelernt, lead attorney in the family separation lawsuit and deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:
“This order shows that the court continues to recognize the gravity of this situation.”
Case details: https://www.aclu.org/cases/ms-l-v-ice
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit seeking to reunite an asylum-seeking mother and her 7-year-old daughter fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, only to be forcibly torn from each other in the U.S. and detained separately 2,000 miles apart.
The lawsuit cites violations of the Constitution’s due process clause, federal law protecting asylum seekers, and of the government’s own directive to keep families intact. "Ms. L" and her daughter were reunited in March 2018, though the national class-action lawsuit in this case continues.