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ICE Releases Detained Mother Who Was Separated From 7-Year Old Daughter

A Congolese mother of a 7-year old girl was released yesterday from a San Diego detention center by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the forced separation of the mother and child. The child was kept 2,000 miles away from the mother in a Chicago facility for children since November last year. The mother and child surrendered themselves to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after they both crossed the U.S.-Mexico seeking asylum after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo citing their credible fear of returning to the said country. This is not an unsurprising departure by the Trump Administration from the Obama Administration’s policy of holding mother and child together at family detention centers for no longer than 21 days before releasing them.

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