Originally in Greensboro News & Record

June 26, 2018

N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein said he has joined 17 other states in suing to force the Trump administration to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Like millions of North Carolinians, I watched in horror as the Trump Administration stripped thousands of children away from their parents,” Stein said in a news release. “Today, along with 17 of my colleagues, I am going to court to make sure that the Administration permanently ends this offense and quickly reunites the affected families.”

The lawsuit alleges the Trump Administration has violated the constitutional due process rights of the families by separating them without any finding that the parent poses a threat to the children, according to the release. They also allege the policy violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection by targeting only people crossing the country's southern border, not anyone crossing the northern border or entering the United States elsewhere. The states also argue that this policy violates the Administrative Procedure Act because it is arbitrary and capricious and violates U.S. asylum laws by turning people away at ports of entry.

Stein also is asking federal officials for the case numbers of any parents or children who have been separated who already have been or will be moved to North Carolina and a list of facilities where they are being held or housed.