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USSeparated migrant families demand damages from US government

05:10  12 february  2019
05:10  12 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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HOUSTON (AP) — Eight immigrant families demanded millions of dollars in damages Monday from the Trump administration for separating them Government watchdogs have also said it’s unclear how many families were separated in total because agencies did not keep good enough records as

Families were separated , including families that were seeking asylum, and children were then reclassified as "unaccompanied" and sent into Government data of arrests by border agents suggest that the family separation policy did little to deter migrants from crossing the US border illegally.[118].

Separated migrant families demand damages from US government© REUTERS/Hannah McKay A migrant girl, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America en route to the United States, looks for her parents after being separated on the journey from San Pedro Tapanatepec to Santiago Niltepec, Mexico, October 29, 2018.

HOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers for eight immigrant families separated under Trump administration policy filed claims Monday against the U.S. government demanding $6 million each in damages for what they describe as lasting trauma.

The parents accused immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes mocking them or denying them a chance to say goodbye. The claims allege that many children remain traumatized, including a 7-year-old girl who won't sleep without her mother and a 6-year-old boy who is reluctant to eat.

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Thousands turned out Saturday to criticize the separation and detention of migrant families who Animated by what they view as the cruel treatment of migrants seeking refuge in the United States Many of the more than 2,300 children separated from their migrant parents remain at makeshift

1) How is the government separating families at the border? To be clear, there is no official Trump policy stating that every family entering the US without papers has to Indefinite family separation is almost certainly going to overwhelm the already precarious system for dealing with migrant children.

The Trump administration has acknowledged it separated more than 2,000 families last year through the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy intended to crack down on Central American migration at the U.S.-Mexico border. Government watchdogs have also said it's unclear how many families were separated in total because agencies did not keep good enough records as the policy was implemented.

In one claim , a Guatemalan woman alleges she was detained in May with her 5-year-old son in a type of temporary detention facility nicknamed a "hielera," or icebox in Spanish. When they arrived in Arizona, the claim alleges, an immigration officer told her the law had changed, that their children would be taken, and that they would be deported. She says the officer then told her: "Happy Mother's Day."

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The families are generally released, and parents are typically given ankle-monitoring bracelets and court dates to appear before an immigration judge. Dana Sabraw, a US district judge in San Diego, commended the government Tuesday for its recent efforts, calling it “a remarkable achievement”.

US migrant family separations . Image copyrightGetty Images. Image caption Children separated from their parents at the border are classed as They are transferred to government detention facilities or foster care while officials try to resolve their case. The United Nations has called on the

The woman says another immigration officer woke her up at about 5 a.m. days later, ordered her to bathe and clothe her son, and then took her son into another room. The woman says she begged not to have her son taken, then asked that the two be deported together to Guatemala rather than separated.

"The officer laughed," the claim says. "He made fun of her indigenous accent and said, laughingly, 'it's not that easy.'"

They were reunited in July, but then placed in a family detention center. They were released in November.

Stanton Jones, a lawyer for the families, said the families were entitled to monetary damages because of the government's "inexplicable cruelty."

"The government was harming children intentionally to try to advance what it viewed as a policy objective," Jones said. "It's heinous and immoral, but it's also a civil wrong for which the law provides a claim for relief."

The claims were submitted to the departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The act gives government agencies six months to respond before a potential lawsuit, Jones said.

HHS spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said the department couldn't comment on the claims, but that HHS "plays no role in the apprehension or initial detention" of children referred to its care, including children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities.

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to a request for comment.

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