Separated Migrant Families Can Continue Quest For Damages

By Rae Ann Varona (May 11, 2022, 7:41 PM EDT) — Three Bay Area migrant families who were separated under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy may continue to seek compensation for resulting harms they suffered after a California federal judge denied the government’s bid to move or toss the case.

In rejecting the Biden administration’s argument that the government can’t be held liable for government employees’ compliance with the law, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said Tuesday that officials involved in the separation of children from their guardians were not acting in accordance with any statute or regulation, but under…