Seventeen US states led by Democratic attorneys general have sued the administration of President Donald Trump over separating immigrant parents from their children.
The states joined Washington DC on Tuesday in filing the lawsuit in US District Court in Seattle, the first legal challenge over the practice.
“The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in an emailed statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: the lives of real people hang in the balance.”
This comes after Trump, who blamed Democrats for the separations, issued an executive order last week, ending the practice under his “zero tolerance” policy.
The states, however, argue that Trump’s order is full of caveats and fails to reunite parents and children, insisting his…