WaPo: A Congolese mother detained by immigration officials thousands of miles apart from her 7-year-old daughter was released Tuesday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The woman, an asylum seeker who fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has spent the past four months in a detention center near San Diego while her daughter has remained alone in a facility in Chicago. Last week, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of the mother and daughter, saying there was never any legitimate reason to separate them. The lawsuit accused the Trump administration of violating the pair’s constitutional rights and demanded that they be reunited immediately.
On Tuesday, immigration officials appeared to bend halfway in favor of the family’s lawyers, abruptly releasing the mother from custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego. The girl, however, remains in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in Chicago, and the pair are still awaiting reunification, the ACLU said. It is unclear when the mother and daughter might be reunited.