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        New Challenges in Aftermath of Family Separation | PBS NewsHour

        For students who want to read along, the transcript can be found here. Total video time: 5m:07s. For the sake of time, you may wish to stop the video at 2m:49s.

        After much criticism, on July 5, 2018 Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said that his department is prepared to reunite migrant children under age 5 with their parents. The week prior, Democratic attorneys general in 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its family separation policy violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fifth Amendment. The attorneys general asked the federal government to provide more immediate information and access to those detained under the policy on an expedited schedule. The motion included more than 900 pages of personal testimonies from parents, children and other family members who were directly impacted by the Trump policy.

        President Donald Trump signed an executive order reversing his family separation policy at the border after public backlash. Two weeks later, HHS confirmed that the separations have stopped. Trump remains dedicated to his zero-tolerance policy. He tweeted on July 5, “Tell the people ‘OUT,’ and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn.”

        July 6, 2018 video and resource materials from PBS NewsHour.

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