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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Statement On The Administration’s Failure Reunite All Separated Families

Jul 27, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) issued the following statement following the Trump Administration’s inability to reunite all separated families by the court-ordered deadline.

“It is devastating to these children that the Trump Administration has yet to reunite all families that were separated as a result of the harmful and ill-conceived Zero-Tolerance policy. This failure contradicts the assurances we received this past Wednesday from DHS Secretary Nielsen, who confidently told the members of the Hispanic Caucus that the Trump Administration was on-track to meet the Thursday deadline to reunify all children with their parents and that all parents who had been deported without their children had signed a document choosing to leave their children behind. Based on the information presented in federal court yesterday and news reports, we now know that both of these statements are false.

“It is reprehensible for the Trump Administration to not only continue to mislead Members of Congress and the American public, but to employ coercive tactics to deport parents without their children and despicably keep other parents from their children by deeming them ineligible for reunification. This Administration must stop inflicting permanent harm and trauma on children and parents languishing in detention and instead work quickly and safely to reunite the children and parents in their custody, as ordered by a federal judge. The CHC will continue holding this Administration accountable and will not rest until all separated families have been reunited.”

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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.