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ICE forcibly separating children from their parents

Living so close to the border, Texans have a keen awareness of the issues surrounding immigration. The Trump administration has taken a hardline stance against immigration and is working to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants who are able to get into the country. One policy that the administration has been using to deter people from coming to the U.S. from Central America and Mexico is to separate children from their parents.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class action lawsuit against the government for separating parents from their children in ICE detention units. Young children have been forcibly separated from their parents and housed as far as 2,000 miles away.

In one such case, a 29-year-old mother from Honduras fled violence in her country and presented herself and her 18-month-old son to immigration authorities at the border, requesting asylum. Despite presenting her documents and her son's birth certificate, the agents forced her to load her baby into a car seat before the agents sped away. The little boy and his mother have been separated since that time and are being held in separate facilities. While the government claims this is a rare practice, the New York Times reports that more than 700 children have been forcibly separated from their parents by ICE just since October, and more than 100 are children who are younger than age 4.

People who are undocumented might want to talk to immigration law attorneys about ways that they might be able to legally immigrate. The attorneys may discuss different potential options and help them to apply for any visas for which they might be eligible. If people are being held in ICE detention, the attorneys may advocate for them to be released on immigration bonds and then advocate for them through their removal proceedings.

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