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CHC Chair on Trump Administration’s Cruel Policies Toward Immigrant Children and Families

May 30, 2018
Press Release
Trump Continues Gaslighting the Public on His Own Policy of Family Separation
Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in response to Trump policy that systematically separates families at the US-Mexico border:
 
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice Department’s recent policy change in which all adults crossing between ports of entry are subject to criminal prosecution, even those fleeing violence and lawfully seeking asylum, is an inhumane, misguided and ineffective deterrent. This Trump Administration policy not only impacts adults fleeing persecution, but has also resulted in hundreds upon hundreds of children being systematically separated from their mothers and fathers at the border.
 
“The vast majority of these children and families are fleeing death threats and violence, and this administration’s chosen policy is to further inflict trauma and fear in these children and families by separating mothers from their children.  There is overwhelming evidence that separating children from their parents has long-lasting negative effects on children’s mental, physical and behavioral health, and children are healthier when they remain with their families. Given that the practice of separating children from their parents is inhumane, this administration should move quickly to stop this practice immediately, keep families together and help reunite immigrant children that have been separated from their families.
 
“Most recently, we have seen multiple reports that clearly show how DHS, DOJ, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) are ill-equipped and lack the resources necessary to ensure the well-being of unaccompanied children in their custody.  Instituting reckless policies where the government creates more unaccompanied children by separating them from their parents will further overwhelm these agencies and limit the care and services these children receive.
 
“If Trump thinks separating children from their parents is “horrible,” as he has previously stated, then he should order his administration to abandon this policy and return to a system that helps keep families together. President Trump can’t have it both ways. He can’t order government agencies to implement policies that cause family separation, then denounce it and blame others for it. He must own this inhumane policy and change it.”
 
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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.