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ACLU claims ICE withheld deported parents’ contact info from lawyers

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ACLU claims ICE withheld deported parents' contact info from lawyersThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than a month purposefully withheld hundreds of migrant parents' contact information from their lawyers.

The ACLU made the allegation to HuffPost this week after it said the government finally gave it phone numbers for more than 400 parents who had been separated from their children due to President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

“The numbers have been [in the children’s files] for a while, and we should have had them for a while,” Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer for the ACLU's lawsuit against ICE, told HuffPost. “Every day that we didn’t get them is another day we didn’t track parents down [and] weeks and months, potentially, where kids are potentially by themselves.”

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than a month purposefully withheld hundreds of migrant parents' contact information from their lawyers.

The ACLU made the allegation to HuffPost this week after it said the government finally gave it phone numbers for more than 400 parents who had been separated from their children due to President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.


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