Court Opens New Legal Options for Separated Children in New York

Federal ruling gives two children a 48-hour window, allowing lawyers to pursue asylum claims and setting a precedent for 300 others.

News Story (New York)

Melanie Grayce West
Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
July 17, 2018

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society (New York City)


The court order sets a precedent for some 300 other children who remain in New York and are being held without their parents in foster care under the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

Many of the children were being suddenly moved from their temporary homes without advance notification, attorneys at the Legal Aid Society of New York argued in a class-action suit. The children’s advocates didn’t know where they were being moved and if the transfer was for the purpose of release to a parent in the U.S., further detention or deportation to their countries, mainly in Central America.