Originally published by The Washington Post
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked a federal judge to quickly reunite a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who have been separated in immigration detention for four months.
ACLU lawyers on Friday requested a preliminary injunction in the case of the mother and daughter, who sought asylum in November. The woman is in a San Diego facility about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) from the Chicago shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors holding the girl.
According to the ACLU’s lawsuit, the girl was taken away “screaming and crying” from her mother.
Immigrant advocates accuse the Trump administration of systematically separating parents and children who are requesting asylum. Administration officials have said they believe many asylum seekers are taking advantage of a broken system.
Authorities declined to comment on the lawsuit.