The Hill reported on Friday that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit against President Trump. In particular, the lawsuit is aimed at Trump’s detention of immigrant teenagers for what the ACLU has determined to be “unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation.”
These children entered the United States under the unaccompanied children program and are claimed to be illegally detained because of alleged gang affiliations.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a conservative grassroots favorite of the Trump Administration, is a major target of this lawsuit. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement are also targets of the lawsuit.
The ACLU claimed that the Office of Refugee Resettlement detained teenagers and transported them to detention facilities without first notifying their parents or lawyers. Moreover, it is alleged that ICE detained and transported teens under the facade of cracking down on street gangs.
“We’re talking about teens who were picked up for play-fighting with a friend, or for showing pride in their home country of El Salvador,” remarked Stephen Kang, an attorney with the ACLU according to The Hill. “The Office of Refugee Resettlement is accepting wholesale that young immigrant should be kept behind bars because of what they look like or where they come from.”
The crackdown on gangs, accompanied with the Trump administration’s tough stance on immigration, has alarmed many activists who believe in softer border and immigration policies. It has also caused alarm among activists who believe that those with loose gang connection could come under unfair scrutiny.
Another group has also filed a controversial lawsuit against President Trump over alleged unconstitutional treatment of LGBTQ persons in the military. For more on this developing story, go here.