A federal judge in California is allowing a lawsuit to proceed against the Trump administration's practice of separating migrant families at the border.
"Such conduct, if true, is brutal, offensive, and fails to comport with traditional notions of fair play and decency," wrote U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California in his ruling on Wednesday.
Hundreds of children have been separated from their parents as a result of the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for people who cross the southern border illegally — even those who are claiming asylum in the U.S.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced last month that the Justice Department will prosecute anyone who crosses the border illegally. Sessions says the administration is trying to discourage illegal immigration, mainly from Central America.
Since children cannot go to jail with their parents, hundreds of migrant children — some as young as 18 months — have been placed in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement.