Seventeen states, including Virginia, sued President Donald Trump's administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S. -Mexico border.
"The kids don't understand the intricacies that are involved with deportation and immigration court", Toczylowski said. He told them to get cracking instead.
The states also called out the administration's many inconsistent comments about the policy, noting that Trump incorrectly blamed the "horrible law" on Democrats a few weeks before Sessions "quoted a Bible verse ostensibly to justify the policy to leaders of the faith community", according to the complaint.
U.S. First lady Melania Trump will make a second trip to an immigration facility "sometime this week" to see firsthand how immigrants who enter the country illegally are being treated, spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said. The directive hasn't taken effect because it requires a judge to first amend a 1997 settlement agreement that governs how the United States treats undocumented minors who've been detained.
Videgaray says, "we're anxious about what is going to happen with the children that are still detained, in spite of being accompanied by their parents, and in general the situation of children not only Mexican, but also of other nationalities, who are subjected to a violation of their fundamental rights". That more than 2,000 children, including toddlers, remain apart from their parents is an offense not only against the Constitution's guarantee of due process of law but also against core American values.
"It's certainly grossly inappropriate", said Dreyer, who is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics advocacy committee. "I'm ashamed that we're doing this", he said.
On Tuesday, the officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS, stressed that the agency is working to unify children with either a parent or a sponsor but so far no timeline has been provided.
"We're not prosecuting those parents because of guidance in the [executive order] to maintain family unity", McAleenan said.
Grisham said there was no message being sent, only to be contradicted by President Trump, who tweeted out that she was targeting the "fake news media." She said that the children arrive at care facilities without a parent's tracking number, and parents don't tend to have their kids' numbers, according to USA Today.