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Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump Separating Families at Border

May 9, 2018
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"Ripping apart families does nothing but inflict unnecessary pain. As a nation of immigrants, we should exhibit thoughtful compassion, not boundless contempt for, those who have made it safely to our soil."

May 9, 2018

Rep. Meeks Statement on Trump Separating Families at Border

Washington, DC—Congressman Gregory W. Meeks issued the following statement regarding the White House decision to separate families caught at the border by placing children in custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In its callous decision to separate families arriving at our border, the White House’s escalation of border enforcement has crossed the moral line. Though my colleagues and I have had strong disagreements over immigration policy, tearing children away from their families and loved ones is indefensible and downright heartless.

This administration continues to dehumanize families who are seeking safety and refuge from dangerous gang violence in Central America. The dangerous journey families take is not a choice they make lightly and many suffer unspeakable harm on their voyage. Many do not make here it here alive.

Ripping apart families does nothing but inflict unnecessary pain. As a nation of immigrants, we should exhibit thoughtful compassion, not boundless contempt for, those who have made it safely to our soil.

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