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 2018, though the national class-action lawsuit in this case continues.
Next up: Hearing on February 21, 2019
Case will proceedJune 25, 2018
A federal judge ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union’s challenge to the Trump administration’s practice of forcibly separating asylum-seeking parents and young children can proceed, rejecting the government's request to dismiss the case.
Ms. L and her daughter are reunitedMarch 19, 2018
Ms. L" and her daughter were reunited, though the national class action lawsuit in this case continues.