“The Trump administration’s policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy,” Cuomo’s statement said.
“We will not tolerate the constitutional rights of children and their parents being violated by our federal government” that statement continued.
On Twitter, Cuomo said at least 70 children are being held in detention centres in New York, a number expected to increase before the end of July 2018.
The state is basing its suit on a 1997 legal settlement in which basic standards were set for the treatment of children detained for immigration reasons.
The suit alleges those standards are not being followed by Trump. United States (U.S.) border agency, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has come under heavy criticism for its treatment of families at the U.S.-Mexican border adjustment.
Last week, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman said that nearly 2,000 minors were separated from 1,940 adults who crossed the U.S. border without documents between April 19 and May 31.
Administration officials have claimed they are forced to break up the families to follow the law, but according to the Washington Post, “These claims are false”- there are no statues that mandate separating children from families at the border.
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