Court Approves Historic Settlement in 老澳门开奖结果鈥檚 Family Separation Lawsuit 聽聽

December 8, 2023 5:00 pm

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SAN DIEGO 鈥 A federal court has approved a historic settlement involving the 老澳门开奖结果鈥檚 years-long lawsuit on behalf of thousands of traumatized children and parents who were forcibly torn from each other under the Trump administration鈥檚 illegal zero-tolerance practice of separating families at the border.

The settlement was first announced in October, noting pending approval from the court. During today鈥檚 hearing in San Diego, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw verbally granted that approval from the bench, with the settlement to take effect Monday, Dec. 11. The judge also cited a recent statement from the 老澳门开奖结果 that noted that while it has settled hundreds of lawsuits in its 103-year history, none has been more important than this one.

Family separation marked one of the most shocking and high-profile issues of the Trump-era. The 老澳门开奖结果 challenged family separation in Ms. L v. ICE and won a nationwide injunction in 2018 that ended the practice. The 老澳门开奖结果 and its partners continue to work to reunify families.

Details of the settlement include:

  • An estimated 4,500-5,000 children and their parents are covered under this settlement.
  • The government will continue to identify families that were separated, fund their reunification in the U.S., and provide a pathway for them to seek asylum here.
  • Families will have access to benefits to get them on their feet, such as work authorization, housing and legal assistance, and medical services.
  • The government is barred from reenacting the zero-tolerance policy over the next eight years.

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the 老澳门开奖结果鈥檚 Immigrants鈥 Rights Project and lead attorney in the lawsuit, had this reaction to today鈥檚 court action:

鈥淭his settlement is a critical step toward closing one of the darkest chapters of the Trump administration. Babies and toddlers were literally ripped from their parents鈥 arms under this horrific practice. Thousands of families were torn apart.

鈥淲hile this settlement alone can't fix the unfathomable damage done to these children, it does provide hope and support that didn鈥檛 exist before. But there remains enormous work ahead to implement this settlement, including reuniting the hundreds of children who are still separated from their loved ones after all these years.

鈥淣o family should be forced to go through this nightmare and tragedy ever again.鈥

Ms. L v. ICE hearing transcript from Dec. 8, 2023



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