If the government misses the court-ordered deadlines, it could trigger a constitutional crisis. It has also sent multiple government agencies in search of ways to house the migrants who are prosecuted. "We can only guess how many never make it to our border during that risky journey". Sabraw denied the administration's attempt to toss out the suit.
"We are a country of laws, and of compassion", wrote Mr. Sabraw, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.
The states, all of which are led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
Seventeen states have sued the Trump administration to force thousands of immigrant children to be reunited with their parents. Those children don't appear to have been turned over to HHS.
Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.
Trump critics say he's been chipping away at empathy for migrants with rhetoric portraying them in blanket fashion as criminals. In a June 26 press call, ORR director Scott Lloyd said there were "around 11,800 children" held at shelters nationwide, of which 2,047 remained separated from their parents with whom they arrived.
Justice Department officials have asked a federal judge to amend a class-action settlement that governs how children are treated in immigration custody.
In most cases, they are allowed a full hearing before an immigration judge before being deported. Congress has struggled mightily with immigration legislation, most recently this week when a comprehensive "compromise" bill went down to defeat in the House.
Melania Trump visits detained migrant children in Arizona
For her second trip to the border to visit the border since the family separation crisis, Melania Trump has gone back to basics. Anticipating a trip to Phoenix , protesters also gathered outside the Southwest Key facility in the city's west side.
A defiant Trump has, however, said that his "zero tolerance" policy on undocumented immigrants, in which all unlawful border crossings are referred for prosecution, will continue. We have to prove it - through our policies, our laws, our actions, and our votes.
The executive order doesn't change anything.
The ACLU was first to challenge the child-separation policy.
However, he also said the Trump administration would "do everything in our power to avoid separating families".
"President Trump's indifference towards the human rights of the children and parents who have been ripped away from one another is chilling", Becerra said in a statement. Is that the case? They raised concerns about the children and the conditions in which they were kept in. No child expert would say the best way to handle a situation is to send a little kid to a facility for four months by herself, rather than verifying whether the person was actually a parent. "And we'll get it done, I have no doubt", he said. Children under the age of 5 must be reunited with their parent within 14 days, and all other minors must be reunited within 30 days.
The rule pertains to children who have spent time in more restrictive custodial settings.
The injunction is in effect unless the appeals court puts a stay on it. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents. That wasn't designed for rapid reunification. But now, he added, officials are "scrambling to undo this bad thing that they have done".
As a lawyer, you are with clients in courtrooms and conversation often unseen, what would you like to see what you see? The mother was fleeing danger. "Or it could take a month, two months, six or even nine". Whether our families crossed the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Rio Grande, we're only here because this country welcomed them in, and taught them that to be an American is about something more than what we look like, how our last names sound, or the way we worship. "We're going to run out of resources to keep people together".