AILA Video: An Update on Family Separation and Family Detention

Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas discusses the injunction issued by a court in California, and explains the Immigration Justice Campaign's involvement in the family separation crisis on the border. Image source: Pexels, Janko Ferlic

On June 26, 2018, a federal judge ordered the reunification of thousands of parents and children forcibly separated by the Trump administration. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sought the nationwide preliminary injunction to halt the practice and immediately reunite all the separated families. 

The court said all children must be reunited within 30 days; children under five within 14 days; and all parents must be able to speak with their children within 10 days. The court also prohibited any deportation of parents without their children, absent a knowing waiver. In the future, no child can be separated unless it is genuinely in the child’s best interest, such as a showing of a parent as abusive.

For more on this litigation, see the ACLU's press release and the ACLU's dedicated page on the case

On this AILA Quicktake Video, Director of the Immigration Justice Campaign Karen Lucas discusses the injunction issued by a court in California and explains the Immigration Justice Campaign's involvement in the family separation crisis on the border, with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Communication Specialist, Tessa Wiseman. 

The primary goal of the Justice Campaign is to increase access to legal counsel for thousands of immigrants held in detention centers. To achieve this, the Campaign is building a broad network of pro bono allies to serve the many thousands of detained individuals who would otherwise go unrepresented and train private lawyers with new tactics and strategies to enable them to vigorously defend immigrants facing removal.

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