ACLU sues US over separation of mother, child seeking asylum
Date Written: 2018-02-26
Publisher: Associated Press
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22515
American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) appart.
The woman is being held at a detention center in San Diego, while her daughter is being held in a facility for unaccompanied minor children in Chicago, about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) away.
The mother and daughter entered the U.S. together in California in November and turned themselves into U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. Initially, the two were kept together. But about five days after they entered the U.S., the child was taken away "screaming and crying, pleading with guards not to take her away from her mother," according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Diego.
The woman and her daughter have spoken around six times by phone since their separation.