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ACLU Sues US Over Separation Of Immigrant Families

The class-action lawsuit expands on one specific case in which a mother was detained and separated from her now 7-year-old daughter.
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ACLU Sues US Over Separation Of Immigrant Families

The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the U.S. government over allegations it routinely separates immigrant children from their families. 

The class-action lawsuit expands on one specific case in which a mother was detained and separated from her now 7-year-old daughter. 

The ACLU says this practice is representative of the approach immigration authorities have taken under the Trump administration. A migrant rights advocate found more than 400 cases of parent-child separation since January 2017. 

There's no official policy on separating children from their parents. A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said in some cases, authorities must determine the adult and child are related and not a part of a child trafficking operation. 

The ACLU is requesting a federal judge deem family separation unlawful.