Statement from Lawyer Moms of America concerning the action of 18 attorneys general and the federal court ruling:

Momentum is building across America, and we are not the only lawyers who are stepping up.

Yesterday, 18 attorneys general joined the fight to reunite the more than 2,000 children who are suffering under the inhumane family separation directive. We thank the AGs in California, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia for their leadership.

Also yesterday, a federal judge in California ordered a halt to most family separations at the US border and the reunification within 30 days of all families that have been separated. The order makes special provisions for children younger than 5 and allows parents to speak to their children within 10 days. We thank the American Civil Liberties Union for bringing suit and the court for recognizing the importance of this issue and the need for a nationwide injunction.

These are meaningful steps toward righting this wrong. This crisis already has created a dark stain on the history of this country, and American voices are rising up to end this policy that is not only morally abhorrent but also against the law.

But we are not there yet. Lawyer Moms of America urges our members and allies, the attorneys general, the ACLU, and others to continue this fight until we prevail in permanently ending the cruel policies of family separation and family detention and reunite all separated migrant children with their families. These children need their parents, and it is imperative that we get them back where they belong.