Twenty-two Democratic state attorneys general are calling on the Trump administration to end its policy of separating families at the border, calling it “inhumane” and “draconian.”
“The policy is not only inhumane, but it also raises serious concerns regarding the violation of children’s rights, constitutional principles of due process and equal protection, and the efforts of state law enforcement officials to stop crime,” the attorneys general said in the letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielson on Tuesday.
“Because of these concerns, we demand that the Department of Justice immediately cease these draconian practices.”
The Hill added:
As a result of the policy, ProPublica reported that 2,300 children have been separated from their parents since the policy was announced in April and are being held in warehouses, tents and big box stores.
The AP, meanwhile, reported that children are being held in cages.
“Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong,” New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement. “This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped.”
The letter was signed by attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.