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CHC Chair on GOP Immigration Bills and Trump Executive Order

Jun 21, 2018
Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in reaction to Trump and Republican efforts to detain asylum-seeking families indefinitely.
 
“President Trump’s executive order is a continuation of the intentions underpinning Speaker Ryan’s anti-immigration bill, which are to deter legal immigration by punishing those lawfully seeking asylum and expand the mass incarceration of immigrant families indefinitely.
 
“After weeks of denying that he could not stop children from being ripped from their parents, President Trump was forced by public pressure to face his own cruel policy of family separation.  However, instead of enacting a humane and logical solution, Trump's response creates yet another crisis by shifting his policy of separating families to one of detaining entire families in prison-like settings.
 
“In order to truly end the inhumane practice of family separation, any executive order or legislation must end the President’s "zero-tolerance" policy. Trump’s executive order and the Republican immigration bills that will be voted on fail to do that. In fact, 350 organizations all agree that Ryan's immigration bill does not end family separation. Further, the American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes that continuing Trump’s "zero-tolerance" policy will result in more children in detention facilities harmful to their safe and healthy development, even if they are with their families.
 
“The President’s actions and these votes have all been a manufactured crisis to create a false choice between one form of child abuse over another. I will not allow the President and House Republicans to use the pain they are inflicting on children as a negotiating tool to advance nativist and anti-immigrant policies.  I reject these shameful partisan, anti-American policies.”
 
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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.