"Due to [the Trump administration's] illegal policy, the separated children who are now residing in NY are being treated differently than other children in foster care in the State, to their great detriment", the lawsuit alleged.
The Democrat signed the legislation at a community college in the Bronx on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge ordered immigrant families separated at the border to be reunited.
A distraught South American boy who was separated from his family under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" border policy was rushed to hospital after he said he wanted to jump out a window because he missed his parents, a new lawsuit alleges.
Even before the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy went into effect in May, parents who crossed the border illegally ended up deported without the children they came with, according to a new report. The states claim the policy is violating immigrants' Fifth Amendment rights to equal protection and due process.
President Donald Trump and his administration are trying to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
USA officials have said they are working to reunite all families as soon as possible.
The states that sued are Massachusetts, California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.
Advocates are urging officials to release families to relatives or sponsors, and to revive a Family Case Management Program that provided oversight of freed families The Trump Administration ended the program past year.
"The unfortunate reality is that under the present system, migrant children are not accounted for with the same efficiency and accuracy as property", Sabraw said. The government should not be taking away children under our constitution unless there is a danger to the child from the parents and that's not what's happening.
The comments by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan came shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration's tactics in a speech in Nevada and asserted that many children were brought to the border by violent gang members.
Vice President Mike Pence who was in Brazil on Tuesday has warned undocumented immigrants not to "risk the lives of your children" by trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
They've since been reunited; Ms. L cleared a key hurdle in her asylum case and was released from immigration detention. That no-nonsense order should focus the attention of an administration that, despite President Trump's executive order a week ago ending family separation for the time being, has appeared flummoxed by the task of reuniting children already removed from their parents.
Asked about the age of children in HHS custody, Azar said, "We have infants in our care".
Speaking to reporters during a meeting on immigration with Republican lawmakers at the White House, Trump said Republicans would make border security a centerpiece of their campaigns ahead of congressional elections in November.
Dozens of people in several states, including Florida and Texas, have been protesting.
The attorneys general are seeking a court order halting the separation process and forcing the government to reunite families.
U.S. Border Patrol agent-in-charge Melissa Lucio, right, talks with women and children migrating from Honduras after they surrendered to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border Monday, June 25, 2018, near McAllen, Texas. "These stories are gut-wrenching and heartbreaking of children 6 and 7 years old, separated from their parents, not know where they are and the parents not knowing where their children are".
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