At least 17 states and Washington, D.C. have filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” family separation policy and calling for the reunification of the migrant families who were affected.
The lawsuit, filed by 18 Democratic attorneys general, alleges that the Trump administration’s policy is in violation of immigrants’ constitutional rights and is illegally inflicting trauma on children. It also seeks to force the Trump administration to reunite more than 2,000 children with their parents.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey are leading the coalition.
Trump signed an executive order last week aimed at reversing the separations of families, but the complaint says that the order does not address the reunification of families, and is “so vague and equivocal that it is unclear when or if any changes will actually be made.”
Becerra said in a release that Trump’s policy is a “heartless political maneuver.”
“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,” Becerra said.