TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jul 21, 2021

The organization that ran a Chattanooga-based facility for unaccompanied immigrant youth is suing the state after the facility’s license was suspended following the arrest of an employee on child abuse allegations, the Associated Press reports. Baptiste Group filed the complaint in Davidson County Chancery Court yesterday against the Department of Children’s Services and its commissioner. The lawsuit claims the state violated due process protections and was “improperly motivated by “bias, racial prejudice and the like.” The complaint says the suspension “demonstrates bias and prejudice towards TBG” because the state has not taken similar actions for other agencies facing similar accusations. The suspension came amid outrage from some Republican lawmakers over what they say is a lack of transparency from the federal government about immigrant children moving through the state.