SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (ALBOENEWS) – The ACLU announced Friday that they are conducting a class-action lawsuit directed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for using false claims of gang affiliation to illegally detain teenagers in facilities in California.
The suit claims that ORR accepted unsubstantiated claims by ICE that the teenagers had gang affiliations. It goes on to say that these allegations were then followed up by placing the children in “severely restrictive conditions.” It also claims that the plaintiffs were taken from the custody of their parents without notice, and without a chance to challenge the allegations brought against them.
William S. Freeman, Senior Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Northern California stated that, “The government rightly reunited these kids with their families years ago. They have dreams and legal claims to remain in the United States, but they’ve been swept up by an administration that prioritizes deportations over truth and justice.”
The suit seeks to have the plaintiffs to be returned to their parents’ custody, and to recieve a declaration that the government had violated their constitutional rights, federal immigration law, and a 1995 consent decree that sets national standards for the treatment of immigrant children. It also asks for an injunction to prevent any further arrests of immigrant children without cause.
The released statement from the ACLU can be found here.