New data from the federal government shows that since October, 700 children have been separated from adults claiming to be their parents as they were processed at the border, according to a report from the New York Times.

The Trump administration maintains that border officials do not separate children and families explicitly to deter immigrants from coming to the United States. But advocacy groups are growing increasingly concerned with the situation.

In February, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in opposition to the practice. ACLU of Massachusetts Director Carol Rose and ACLU of Massachusetts Staff Counsel Laura Rotolo joined Boston Public Radio to discuss the lawsuit and other immigration news.

"We think it's completely unconscionable and a violation of due process," Rotolo said.

"This is something we haven't seen before, where they are purposefully taking parents and putting them in one detention center and the children in another detention center 2,000 miles away," she said.

Click the audio player above to hear more from Carol Rose and Laura Rotolo.