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Cuomo Says State To Sue Feds Over 'Inhumane' Child Separation Policy

June 19, 2018 - 7:00 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York state will sue the federal government over the Trump administration's policy of separating families accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally.

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Cuomo said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday that he expects the lawsuit to be filed within two weeks.

Cuomo said at least 70 children who were separated from their parents are currently being housed in New York facilities that have contracts with the federal government. Most of the facilities are in the New York City area.

Cuomo says the Trump administration's policy of separating families is "inhumane.''

The governor says the lawsuit will claim the children were taken from their parents without due process under federal and state laws.

The Trump administration says the family separations are required under the law.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced plans to sign an executive order that would "prevent any state resources from being used to help federal authorities separate families."