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Immigrant Families Sue Government for Millions Over ‘Inexplicable Cruelty’ of Family Separations

Eight immigrant families have filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, each demanding $6 million in damages for what they describe as the “inexplicable cruelty” and lasting trauma to their children, The Guardian reports. The parents accuse immigration officers of taking their children away without giving them adequate information—some say they weren’t even able to say goodbye to their kids. Their children remain traumatized, according to the lawsuit, including a 7-year-old girl who can’t sleep without her mother, a 6-year-old boy who doesn’t want to eat, and a 12-year-old boy who has recurring nightmares. The claims were filed to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security and released Monday. Stanton Jones, a lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs, warned the Trump administration that other families are getting ready to sue, and told the newspaper: “These children and their parents have experienced horrific, life-altering trauma that was intentionally inflicted on them by our government.”