States and Others Continue Fight Against Family Separations
Governors continued to push back against the immigrant family separation policy, with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) on Tuesday both ordering a recall of state National Guard troops and a helicopter from the southern border over the policy. Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) also announced on Tuesday that she would not deploy the state's National Guard units to the U.S.-Mexico border. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) on Tuesday announced the state plans to file a multi-agency lawsuit against the administration for violating the constitutional rights of the migrant children separated from their families at the border. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) led Democratic Attorneys General from 20 other states in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling the "zero-tolerance" policy inhumane, a violation of the Constitution, and a violation of children's rights. The letter says the policy would be "illegal under most state laws" and claims it directly interferes with the jobs of local, national and international law enforcement officials. And a bipartisan group of more than 70 former U.S. attorneys called on Sessions to reverse the Trump administration's policy of prosecuting all people who cross the border illegally, saying it is "dangerous, expensive, and inconsistent" with the values of the Justice Department. "Like the majority of Americans, we have been horrified by the images and stories of children torn from their families along our nation's Southwest Border. And like a majority of Americans, we are appalled that your Zero Tolerance policy has resulted in the unnecessary trauma and suffering of innocent children," the prosecutors wrote. 2342 children have been separated from their parents since June 9th. More here.