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Separated migrant families demand damages from US government

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 11 2019 Feb 11, 2019 February 11, 2019 2:16 PM February 11, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

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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