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Monday 23 July 2018

17 states sue Trump administration over family separations

Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks.

Angui Funes, right, with her brother, Jesus, crossed the border back to Mexico after they were told by officials they would be separated (David J. Phillip/AP)
Angui Funes, right, with her brother, Jesus, crossed the border back to Mexico after they were told by officials they would be separated (David J. Phillip/AP)

By Gene Johnson, Associated Press

Seventeen states, including Washington, New York and California, are suing to force the Trump administration to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the US-Mexico border.

The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington DC in filing the lawsuit in US District Court in Seattle on Tuesday.

It is the first legal challenge by states over the practice.

Immigration authorities have separated about 2,300 children from their parents in recent weeks, sparking global outrage as images of weeping children emerged.

The president last week issued an executive order designed to end the practice, but the states say his order is riddled with caveats and fails to reunite parents and children who have already been torn apart.

The lawsuit says the migrants have been denied due process and their right to seek asylum.

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