TRENTON – New Jersey officials have recently announced plans to challenge the federal government’s family separation policy.
According to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the state will be filing a lawsuit in the very near future, joining the ranks of other states, such as Washington, who disagree with the federal policy.
“More than 2,000 children remain separated from their parents, and there’s no apparent plan to reunite them,” said Attorney General Grewal. “These separations are not just inhumane, they’re illegal. As the State’s chief law enforcement officer, it is my responsibility to stand up for the rule of law and the principles of basic decency.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is in favor of the suit.
“As a father, I find it incomprehensible and unconscionable that more than 2,000 children have yet to be reunited with their families, even after the President’s executive order,” said Governor Murphy. “New Jersey will continue to fight for these basic human rights, something our country is predicated upon.”
“The President’s executive order falls far short of solving the problem that the President himself created, and in the coming days, we will be filing a lawsuit,” said Attorney General Grewal. “Our country deserves better.”