States Will Sue to Contest New Migrant Family Policy

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Washington state leads a coalition of nearly a dozen states that will sue the Trump administration over its “zero tolerance” policy of separating immigrant children from their parents during illegal border crossings. The lawsuit will challenge the constitutionality of the family separation policy and President Trump’s new executive order meant to replace it, said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Seattle Times reports. “We’ll allege that the administration is violating constitutional due-process rights of the parents and children by separating them as a matter of course and without any findings that the parent poses a threat to the children,” Ferguson said. “The policy is also irrationally discriminatory in violation of constitutional guarantees of people protection, because it only targets people crossing our southern border, not any other entrance to the United States.”

Joining the lawsuit are Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. potentially more than 20 days. Ferguson described the president’s new executive order as “riddled with so many caveats that it is essentially meaningless,” contending it does not address children in custody who’ve already been separated from their families. Jorge Barón of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), said his group will file its own suit “on behalf of the parents” separated from their children who are now being held in Washington state.

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