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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Reaction to the Trump Administration Considering Plans to Resume Family Separation

Oct 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), released the following statement in reaction to reports that the Trump Administration is considering resuming the separation of families seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border. According to news accounts, one of the plans under consideration would combine indefinite family incarceration and family detention in what is called a “binary choice.”

“It is beyond reprehensible that the Trump Administration is considering to double down on their appalling family separation policy by forcing asylum-seeking parents to choose between having their child taken from them or remaining indefinitely in dangerous and unsafe jail-like conditions. It is inhumane for this administration to knowingly embrace a policy that inflicts trauma, pain, and harm on the lives of innocent children and their parents as they seek asylum in our country. Their politically motivated anti-immigrant family separation policy hurts children and runs counter to the American value of protecting those fleeing persecution, which is why it was rebuked by the American people and ultimately retracted.”

“Americans will not fall for this administration’s “false-choice” narrative that says the only available option is either family separation or indefinite family incarceration. The truth is that alternatives to detention have been proven effective and humane. DHS has enacted compassionate, effective, and cost-efficient programs in the past, like the Family Case Management program, which allowed asylum-seeking families to remain together and saw over 99 percent compliance for check-ins and appointments. It’s clear that the Trump Administration is pushing this issue for politically motivated reasons, otherwise they would have never terminated this highly successful program that ensured that children and families were able to safely and humanely pursue their asylum cases.”