USA states sue Trump administration over migrant family separations

Protestors walk north on south Virginia street after demonstrating outside the Peppermill Resort Casino in Reno Nev, during Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks on immigration to NASRO a School Safety Conference Monday

The task ahead could be monumental: Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border - only six fewer than last Wednesday.

At least 228 children were left behind when their parents were removed after they crossed illegally together into the April, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University.

In his order, Sabraw, who was appointed to the court by President George W. Bush, called the family separation practice "brutal" and "offensive" and slammed the government for having no plan for tracking or reuniting families.

But, on Tuesday a federal judge in San Diego ruled that immigration officials have 30 days to reunite all children under five-years-old with their parents.

Following a countrywide uproar, the Trump administration has put a temporary pause on referring undocumented parents traveling with their children for criminal prosecution but did not terminate its zero tolerance policy and did not specifically outline whether children would be returned to their parents. The South American boy who said he wanted to jump out the window had been forcibly separated from his father at the US-Mexico border in early June, and was living in a group home in New York City, the filing said.

Undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, Monday.

Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks, sparking global outrage as images of weeping children emerged.

The lawsuit was teeming with heart-wrenching stories of traumatized children desperate to reunite with their parents. Parents, too, struggle to advocate for themselves or communicate with their children from within detention centers.

Grisham said there was no message being sent, only to be contradicted by President Trump, who tweeted out that she was targeting the "fake news media."

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"The (executive order) supports zero tolerance, though family unity must be maintained", McAleenan said.

"This clear call for an end to the constitutionally-guaranteed right to due process is symptomatic of an administration that disdains both the Constitution and our judicial system, and would subject those who cross our borders to the whims of unaccountable officials acting on the twisted logic of white supremacy and racism", Nihad Awad, CAIR national executive director, said in a statement.

"But we can't forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance".

The Boston Globe reports Ethel Kennedy plans to join several dozen members of the family and other activists, who each plan to fast for 24 hours and make a donation in place of the food they would have eaten.

What has changed is that immigration agents have temporarily stopped charging border crossers if they arrive with children.

More than 20 separated children are at a United States government tent camp in Tornillo, Texas.

In one declaration filed with the brief, a mother identified only by her initials E.J.O.E. said the government told her she would be reunited with her son as she applied for asylum.

In this June 21, 2018, photo, migrant children walk off a bus at the Catholic Charities' Msgr. For example, the adoption agency Bethany Christian Services now has custody of 81 migrant children, most of which have had zero contact with their parents.

But she says she was deported without her eight-year-old boy.

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