Cuomo announces lawsuit against Trump administration, over detention of children

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state intends to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration, saying the federal government is violating the Constitutional rights of thousands of immigrant children and their parents.

The governor pointed to more than 70 children staying in federal shelters in New York state, and said the number is expected to rise.

The Governor is directing the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Department of Health and the Office of Children and Family Services to commence legal action against the federal government's "Separation of Families" policy.

"The Trump Administration's policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy," Governor Cuomo said. "We will not tolerate the Constitutional rights of children and their parents being violated by our federal government. New York will act and file suit to end this callous and deliberate attack on immigrant communities, and end this heartless policy once and for all."

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