Separated migrant families demand damages from US government

In this photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United States, sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP)

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press
HOUSTON (AP) — Lawyers for eight immigrant families separated under Trump administration policy have filed claims against the U.S. government demanding $6 million each in damages for what they describe as lasting trauma.
In claims released Monday, the parents accuse immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them information and sometimes without a chance to say goodbye. The claims allege that many children remain traumatized, including a 7-year-old girl who won’t sleep without her mother and a 6-year-old boy who is reluctant to eat.
Stanton Jones, one of the lawyers for the families, said the claims depict “inexplicable cruelty” and that the affected families deserve monetary damages.
The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment Monday.

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