Immigrant mom sues US to be reunited with infant who needs to be breastfed

Washington: An El Salvadoran immigrant woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the US administration in Washington asking to be reunited with her infant daughter who needs to be breastfed, reports said on Friday.

Leydi Duenas-Claros, 30, also seeks a halt to her deportation proceedings and wants the government to reconsider her denied asylum claim, reports said. “We are waiting to go before a judge and will be able to comment more at a later time,” Claudia O’Brien, an attorney for Duenas, said.

Deportation postponed

Duenas was set to be deported on Thursday, but O’Brien was told the proceedings were postponed. In May, Duenas came to the US with her then 11-month-old daughter, one of her five children who by birth are American citizens, to seek asylum, according to the lawsuit.

They were separated after she and her child crossed the border. “(The mother) has suffered, and continues to suffer, extreme anguish and trauma due to the forcible separation from her infant child – a baby so young that she was breastfeeding prior to the separation,” it said.

Duenas was denied asylum in July despite US President Donald Trump signing an executive order in June to stop family separations, the mother and daughter are yet to be reunited, the lawsuit added.

Trump responds after 350 US dailies criticise his attacks on the media

  • As at least 350 newspaper editorial boards across the US answered a nationwide call to express disdain for Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media, the President tweeted that the ‘fake news media’ is the ‘Opposition party’.
  • The editorials came after the Boston Globe’s editorial board called on others to use their collective voice to respond to Trump’s war of words with news organisations in the US. Trump has labelled the news media ‘the enemy of the American people’ and called much of the coverage ‘fake news’.
  • Trump responded to the editorials, tweeting that much of the media is ‘pushing a political agenda’. ‘There is nothing that I would want more for our country than true FREEDOM OF THE PRESS. The press is FREE to write and say anything it wants, but much of what it says is FAKE NEWS, pushing a political agenda!’ Trump tweeted.

(With inputs from Agencies)