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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement Opposing Separation of Mothers and Children at the Border

Mar 7, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly confirmed that the Administration is considering a policy that will separate children and mothers seeking asylum as they enter the country from Latin America:

“President Trump wants you to believe that his immigration policies focus on deterring and deporting hardened criminals but those are falsehoods. His expansive dragnet policies are targeting and deporting mothers, fathers, grandparents, people without criminal records, people brought to America as children, and local business owners. The President and his DHS Secretary are now considering the merits of tearing children from their mothers as they enter the country seeking asylum. To institute this type of policy as a deterrent is heinous. This egregious policy questions basic human rights and our country’s moral standing in the world. There are better, more sensible immigration procedures that protect families while they proceed through the asylum application process.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.

 

Media Contact:

Carlos Paz Jr.

202-897-7718

carlos.paz@mail.house.gov