Supreme Court Precedent Bars Lawsuits Seeking Monetary Damages On Behalf Of Separated Migrant Children, DOJ Argues
The lawsuit seeks the creation of a fund to pay for mental health treatment for children separated from their parents. In arguing that the case should be thrown out, the Department of Justice also said that the government officials named are shielded by qualified immunity.
The Associated Press:
Trump Officials Seek Dismissal Of Separated Families' Suit
The federal government is urging a judge to throw out a lawsuit seeking monetary damages on behalf of children who were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Department of Justice attorneys said in a brief filed Tuesday that Supreme Court precedent bars such a lawsuit for damages on challenges to government policy. They also argue Trump administration officials named in the case are shielded by qualified immunity, among other things. (1/8)
In other news —
Tornillo Tent City For Migrant Teens Is On The Verge Of Shutting Down
After more than six months of serving as a symbol of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies, the detention center for young migrants at Tornillo is on the brink of closing for good. ...Critics decried the facility as a “tent city” after it was hastily erected, and its construction led to several protests organized by elected officials. At one time it held more than 2,500 undocumented minor immigrants who crossed the border seeking asylum. (Aguilar, 1/8)