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Expert: Forced Family Separation Set Bad Precedent

June 02, 2023 (1 min read)

Jorge Cancino, Univision, June 2, 2023

"The positions taken by lawyers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) show that, contrary to the campaign discourse and the one defended during the first months in the White House, the Joe Biden government now defends the forced separations of families carried out at the border South by former President Donald Trump and who were part of the controversial 'zero tolerance' immigration policy. Among the arguments, the lawyers defend the actions of the previous government that resulted in the forced separation of thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the border with Mexico when they came seeking asylum…. ...“The forced separation of families during the Trump administration violated the due process rights of families,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration practice at Cornell University School of Law, said. “Many of them are now suing the United States government for damages. The forced separation also set a bad precedent, both for future presidents and for the leaders of other countries who might try the same thing," he said."