Despite an order from a federal judge, the Trump administration continues to separate migrant children from their families at the southern border. From The Associated Press:
“More than 900 children, including babies and toddlers, were separated from their parents at the border in the year after a judge ordered the practice be sharply curtailed, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday in a legal attack that will invite more scrutiny of the Trump administration’s widely criticized tactics.“
In June of 2018, a judge ordered the practice of child separation halted except in extreme circumstances, such as threats to a child’s safety.
“The administration must not be allowed to circumvent the court order over infractions like minor traffic violations.” – ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt
The New York Times reports on circumstances for some of the removals.
“[S]ometimes for reasons as minor as a parent not changing a baby’s diaper or having a traffic citation for driving without a license, according to new documents filed Tuesday in federal court.“
“Family breakups have been imposed with even greater frequency in recent months under the Trump administration’s most widely debated immigration policy, ostensibly to protect the welfare of the children, but in many cases because of relatively minor criminal offenses in a parent’s past, such as shoplifting or public intoxication.”
According to the Times, separated migrant children spent an average of 68 days in shelters. Four children had been away from their parents for more than 300 days.