Sunday, December 10, 2023
This ACLU press release describes a federal's approval of a settlement of a lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children and parents who were separated under the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the border.
The ACLU challenged the Trump administration's family separation practice in Ms. L v. ICE and secured a nationwide injunction in 2018 that ended the practice.
The ACLUS press release summarizes "[d]etails of the settlement":
- An estimated 4,500-5,000 children and their parents are covered under this settlement.
- The government will continue to identify families that were separated, fund their reunification in the U.S., and provide a pathway for them to seek asylum here.
- Families will have access to benefits to get them on their feet, such as work authorization, housing and legal assistance, and medical services.
- The government is barred from reenacting the zero-tolerance policy over the next eight years.