The separation of young children from their parents during detention is a Trump administration policy. While it is true that children are not to be prosecuted with adults, there is no law that states the family unit must be separated. In fact it can be argued that separating them is unconstitutional.
According to the Constitution, The 5th amendment Due Process of law applies to any “person” not just citizens. This is also supported by the Supreme Court in the 1982 case of Pyler v. Doe “Aliens, even Aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments”. The Supreme Court went further to say in the 1982 case of Santosky v.Kramer that separating families is a violation of due process of law, “There is a fundamental liberty interest of natural parents in the care, custody and management of their child.”. The ACLU recently made this argument in its lawsuit ACLU v ICE.
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