For over a year, the ACLU and our partners have been fighting the Trump administration’s and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) policies that have seriously affected the lives of children and entire families at our southern borders.
Initially we learned that over 2000 children had been taken from their parents at the border—and more were being separated every day.
The ACLU delivered a major legal blow to the government that ordered them to immediately reunite families, despite the government pointing the finger elsewhere. Outside the courts, we held major actions to sustain public pressure on the administration in order to force its full compliance with the court order.
The court said all children must be reunited. In our statement, attorney Lee Gelernt said, “This ruling is an enormous victory for parents and children who thought they may never see each other again. Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited.”
However, the fight continues.
We continue to work to reunite families separated by the Trump administration's policies. Ultimately, we want our country to create a fair and achievable path to citizenship for people who are undocumented and those seeking asylum, to reduce the number of people languishing in substandard immigration detention facilities, and to put an end to ICE’s reliance on local law enforcement to facilitate deportations.
In support of our constant work to end family separation and inhumane detention centers, we created our 1st protest shirt on this topic available for a limited time. “Familias Mercen Estar Juntas” on the back, “Families Belong Together” on the front. Re-released for 2019.