ACLU Comment on Government Report it Doesn’t Know How Many Children it Separated

January 17, 2019 12:00 pm

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NEW YORK — A government report released today states that the administration does not know the total number of children it tore from parents under its family separation policy.

The assessment was made public in a newly released Office of Inspector General report. The American Civil Liberties Union successfully sued the administration to halt the policy and reunite the families.

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

“This policy was a cruel disaster from the start. This report reaffirms that the government never had a clear picture of how many children it ripped from their parents. We will be back in court over this latest revelation.”

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