February 1, 2019

NEW YORK — In court documents filed tonight, the Trump administration did not dispute a recent Office of Inspector General report that concluded there may have been thousands more children torn from parents under the administration’s family separation policy. The government also argued that it would take too long to figure out where those children currently are because it had no tracking system. The American Civil Liberties Union successfully sued the Trump administration to halt the policy and reunite the families.

Lee Gelernt, lead attorney in this lawsuit and deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, had this reaction:

“The Trump administration’s response is a shocking concession that it can’t easily find thousands of children it ripped from parents, and doesn’t even think it’s worth the time to locate each of them. The administration also doesn’t dispute that separations are ongoing in significant numbers. We will be back in court on February 21.”

The government response documents are here:

https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/govt-response-filing-1

https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/govt-response-declaration

https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/govt-response-declaration-2

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/ms-l-v-ice

 

 

 

 

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