Shapiro among 9 attorneys general to sue Trump over migrant family separation

'The executive order ... does not fix this abhorrent policy ...'

Kim Glovas
June 22, 2018 - 12:20 pm
Attorney General Josh Shapiro

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is planning to file a lawsuit next week, challenging the Trump admininstration's forced family separation policy.

In a statement, Shapiro said the policy is un-American, and violates the core principals and values of this nation. 

"The executive order President Trump signed [Wednesday] does not fix this abhorrent policy, and we will not allow this Administration to use children as leverage in political battles." 

Indeed, the order does not address the reunification of families already separated. 

In Pittsburgh, the federal government is housing 50 child immigrants between the ages of four and 17 at the Holy Family Institute, a Catholic social services organization. The children are from countries including Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

The lawsuit will allege that the administration’s family separation policy violates the fundamental due process rights of parents to be together with their children, as well as other constitutional and statutory claims. 

Shapiro is filing the suit with a coalition of attorneys general from Washington State, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon.