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Madigan announces multi-state lawsuit over family separation policy

CHICAGO, Ill. - Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 10 other attorneys general, announced on Thursday they are filing a lawsuit against the federal administration's policy of forced family separation on the U.S. southern border.

The lawsuit alleges that the administration's family separation policy violates the fundamental due process rights of parents to be with their children, as well as other constitutional and statutory claims. 

"The new federal executive order does not bring back together the thousands of families that were torn apart by the federal government's policy, and it does not prevent families from being separated in the future," says Madigan. "I will join with my colleagues across the country to bring action against the federal government for this inhumane and unAmerican policy."

The lawsuit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Joining Madigan in filing the lawsuit are the attorneys general of California, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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