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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Arrests of Teen Illegals

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By    |   Friday, 11 Aug 2017 06:02 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Friday that it had sued the Trump administration for detaining illegal immigrant teenagers for "unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation."

The class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, targets Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human.

The action accuses the ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement of holding illegal children and transporting them to detention centers without informing their parents or lawyers.

ICE, according to the lawsuit, is detaining and deporting the teens "under the guise of a 'crackdown' on transnational street gangs" and alleges immigration officials of arresting the illegals based on "unreliable claims of gang affiliation and flawed reports of criminal history."

"We're talking about teens who were picked up for play-fighting with a friend, or for showing pride in their home country of El Salvador," Stephen Kang, an attorney with the organization's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in the release.

"The Office of Refugee Resettlement is accepting wholesale that young immigrants should be kept behind bars because of what they look like or where they come from."

The teenage plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Latinos and are only identified by their initials. At least one lived in Suffolk County, N.Y.

The county is located on Long Island, where President Trump spoke last month about the administration's efforts to destroy the violent MS-13 street gang.

Trump also came under fire for his comments on the treatment of arrest suspects, with some critics suggesting that he was advocating police violence.

The White House later insisted that the president was joking with the remarks.

In its lawsuit, the ACLU seeks the release of the illegals who are plaintiffs in the case and an injunction to prevent the administration from detaining any other immigrant children without cause.

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