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Family reunification sought for children sent to Connecticut

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Lawsuits filed on behalf of two children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and detained in Connecticut are seeking their release and reunification with their families.

The plaintiffs are a 9-year-old boy who left Honduras with his father and a 14-year-old girl who came to the U.S. with her mother from El Salvador. They are housed by an agency in Groton that contracts with the government to hold children in federal custody.

The suits were filed in federal court this week by lawyers from a legal services clinic at Yale Law School and Connecticut Legal Services.

A federal judge ruled on June 26 that children separated from families under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy must be reunited with their families within 30 days of his order.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro was just one of many Connecticut officials who spoke passionately on the matter.

“We have two children and we know where their parents are. It is our moral responsibility to be attached to this lawsuit to make sure that the pressure is on in that courtroom next Wednesday, bringing the parents to reunite our kids, because they are our kids,” DeLauro said. “All children are ours. They shouldn’t be hurt in this way.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal was also at the press conference on Friday, and later had a phone call with the Department of Health and Human Services. After that call, he tweeted: 

A hearing will be held next Wednesday on the lawsuits involving the two children being held in Connecticut.
 

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