In May, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security began prosecuting people crossing the border – even those seeking asylum from life-threatening circumstances at home, who have historically been admitted entry to the United States as their immigration status is considered – and separating children from their parents. This week, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal law enforcement to detain families together, but the Administration offered no plan to reunite the 2300 children who have reportedly been separated from their parents, nor any information about their whereabouts. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) today filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the detention of immigrants, particularly those under the age of 18.
“Thousands of children were ripped from their parents arms as a result of the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane immigration policy, and it’s totally unacceptable that the federal government has failed to provide any information regarding its plans to reunite these families,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s President and Director-Counsel. “Though the Trump Administration claims to have ended the shameful family separations, there are still thousands of kids disconnected from their parents and our government must provide more information on how and where they’re being held. LDF’s FOIA requests also seek information on where families are being detained together.”
The FOIA requests seek:
Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.