SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today announced that he is co-leading a coalition of 18 attorneys general, along with Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the cruel and unlawful policy of forcibly separating children from their parents without any legitimate justification. The complaint alleges that the Trump Administration’s family separation policy violates the fundamental due process rights of parents to be together with their children, equal protection rights afforded to parents and their children, as well as other constitutional and statutory claims.
“Child internment camps in America...the Trump Administration has hit a new low. President Trump’s indifference towards the human rights of the children and parents who have been ripped away from one another is chilling,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Today we are taking the Trump Administration to court because the safety, security and well-being of our children is too important to be threatened by a heartless political maneuver. Not only does the Trump Administration’s policy impact the health and safety of these separated families, it also threatens California’s ability to ensure our residents’ rights and health are protected.”
“I strongly support our Attorney General’s efforts to protect children and keep families together. It’s the right thing to do,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
The complaint alleges that the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy is in violation of parents’ and children’s constitutional rights, is detrimental to the health and safety of California residents, and violates the state’s sovereignty provided by the U.S. Constitution. The policy has caused measurable harm to immigrant communities throughout the nation.
In the complaint, the Attorneys General argue the following main points about the separation policy:
In this complaint California, Washington and Massachusetts are joined by the following states: Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
A copy of the complaint is attached to the electronic version of this release here.