The U.S. has left negotiations about paying monetary damages to families who were forcibly separated while seeking to enter at the southern border during the Trump administration.
zero tolerance policy
The Trump-era immigration policy resulted in thousands of family separations at the U.S-Mexico border.
The report says the administration planned to separate as many as 26,000 children under the "zero tolerance" policy. More than 5,000 children were separated before it was ended by a judge.
Lawyers for immigrants filed a complaint on Thursday with Homeland Security. They contend that parents, amid cruel treatment, did not understand the forms they were being forced to sign.
Officials said 1,012 parents and children separated at the border have already been reunited. But up to 463 parents may have been deported or have voluntarily left without their children.
In interviews that appear in the suit filed by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, detainees also reported not being allowed to shower for days and sleeping in overcrowded rooms.
Two Central American fathers in El Paso were just released from ICE custody and reunited with their toddlers. Attorneys say the reunification process is ongoing, but haphazard and poorly coordinated.
Motherhood was a core theme of Saturday's protest, which drew families and their young children, as well as anti-abortion-rights activists.
A Honduran mother of two, who is pregnant with a third, remains in a Mexico City shelter after hearing of the U.S. family separation policy.