The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit seeking to reunite an asylum-seeking mother and her 7-year-old daughter fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, only to be forcibly torn from each other in the U.S. and detained separately 2,000 miles apart.

The lawsuit cites violations of the Constitution’s due process clause, federal law protecting asylum seekers, and of the government’s own directive to keep families intact. "Ms. L" and her daughter were reunited in March, though the national class-action lawsuit in this case continues.

LATEST UPDATE: July 16
A federal judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from deporting parents and children that it forcibly separated. The ACLU sought a temporary restraining order over concerns that the government would quickly deport, without oversight or due process, the separated families. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued the stay on deportations until at least July 23 and pending further briefing.

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