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Lawsuit Challenging Family Separation at Border Can Go Forward

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U.S. Border Patrol agents process immigrants from Central America while taking them into custody on August 17, 2016 near Roma, Texas. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A federal judge in San Diego refused to dismiss an ACLU lawsuit challenging the government’s practice of separating children from parents when they arrive at the U.S. border seeking asylum. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted a “zero tolerance policy” directing the Justice Department to criminally prosecute anyone who illegally crosses the southern border. In a break from previous practice, kids traveling with those immigrants are now being taken to different detention facilities than their parents, often in other states. We’ll discuss the legality of the policy and its impact on children.

Guests:

Lee Gelernt, deputy director, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project

Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senator representing Oregon

Nick Miroff, national security reporter, Washington Post

Jennifer Nagda, policy director, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights

Devin O'Malley, spokesperson, U.S. Department of Justice

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