Migrant children in CT sue to be reunited with parents

Posted: Updated:
NEW HAVEN -

Two children who were forcibly separated from their parents and are being held in Connecticut are suing the federal government to be reunited with their parents.

Details of the lawsuit were announced Friday morning at Yale University. Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined attorneys in the suit in announcing the details. They're representing a 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador. Both were forcibly removed from their parents at the Texas border more than a month ago.

"It was kidnapping," Blumenthal said. "These children were taken from their parents through deception."

The lawsuit says the boy suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, that he "cries often," "does not sleep at night" and is "deeply depressed."

This is the first time children have sued the government to stop the separations.

A hearing on the matter will be held Wednesday in Bridgeport.

On Friday afternoon, the government rejected a request to allow the children's parents to attend the hearing.

Also Friday, Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the zero-tolerance policy.

"We will always stand proudly with the brave heroes of ICE and our border patrol," he said.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."