Politico.com- On Tuesday, a coalition of 17 states filed suit over President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, arguing that it unconstitutionally infringes on parents’ rights and is motivated by “animus” toward Latinos.
Blasting Trump’s policy as “abhorrent and indefensible,” the lawsuit argues that the administration’s move to separate more than 2,000 immigrant children from their parents has harmed the interests of the states’ residents and interferes with the states’ ability to protect children from abuse.
The suit is led by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who painted it as part of a broader campaign to resist Trump administration initiatives.
“This case, like all our cases against this Administration, says something important about who we are as a people,” Ferguson said. “We will stand up for the Constitution, basic decency and fundamental American values.”
It’s unclear how pivotal the state-led litigation will be in challenging Trump’s family separation policy, which he purported to reverse in an executive order last week as outrage built over the growing number of border-crossing families being split up as adults were taken to court for criminal prosecution.