Lawsuit: Migrant boy almost jumped out window after family separation

Sunday, 01 Jul, 2018

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Immigration attorney Andrea Martinez said she had arranged with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to meet its Enforcement and Removals office in Kansas City early Tuesday so the boy could be reunited with his mother, Kenia Bautista, who is 6 months pregnant.

The order stems from a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of San Diego in February 2018, months before Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the beginning of a "zero-tolerance policy", requiring USA attorneys at the border to charge and prosecute people arriving at the border with illegal entry and reentry.

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The 90-year-old widow of Robert F. Kennedy plans to take part in a hunger strike to protest the separation of immigrant families.

A former director of the agency sheltering immigrant children taken from their parents says the USA government could face many challenges trying to comply with a federal judge's order to quickly reunify families. Children under the age of 5 must be reunited with their parent within 14 days, and all other minors must be reunited within 30 days.

Late Tuesday, a federal judge in California issued a ruling on a separate but similar lawsuit.

The mother was one of 32 parents released from federal custody while they pursue asylum cases.

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Former President Barack Obama admonished current President Donald Trump's policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border.

"Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and law and order". The order requires US border officials to return children under age 5 to their parents within 14 days.

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

"Neither the order nor the administration's Flores application offers any assurance that the Administration will not return to a family separation policy when its efforts to intern families together fail", the states said in their suit. He was scheduled to address the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation at a hotel later in the day. "Our position is it violates the Constitution, violates due process, violates equal protection and violates the Administrative Procedure Act". A 5-4 majority of the High Court concluded that the third version did not suffer from religious animus and was instead a legal exercise of a president's authority to ban foreigners if they are deemed "detrimental to the interests of the United States".

"Our immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!" he tweeted.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a Republican compromise bill on Wednesday that would provide $25 billion in funding for the wall, a top Trump priority dating back to his election campaign.

Mr. McAleenan said he's working on a plan to resume prosecutions, but for now it means parents who sneak into the USA with children will be treated more leniently than those who come alone - exactly the kind of perverse incentive the government was trying to combat with its zero tolerance policy.

Drug cartels, Sessions said, "take advantage of our generosity and. use children to smuggle their drugs into our country as well".