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Napolitano Condemns Trump Administration’s Inhumane Practice of Separating Immigrant Families

June 7, 2018
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) delivered the following statement at a House Democratic Caucus press conference, condemning the Trump administration’s inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their families at the border:

“We are a melting pot in California. We treat our immigrants with respect and have passed laws to protect them, and I think this administration has gone the wrong way. It has been mostly political, for the end of being in power. It is wrong to use children and their families.

“Imagine if you’re a mother, being torn away from your child and not being able to do anything about it. If you’re a father and you’re at home in another country, and your spouse is trying finding a way to protect that child, being turned down or being made to wait and then trying to figure out whether they’re going to prove it or not. 

“It is inhumane, and it is time that we as a nation stood up and said to this administration, get with it! Be compassionate! We are not living up to the values that this country stands for, and I think it’s time that we made it clear that we will not tolerate any more of this abuse, because it is an abuse towards other people. 

“They have legitimate claims to violence in their country, so we must be able to act. The fact that they only process a few a day doesn’t make sense. Instead of putting more guards at the border, put more people to work on those claims to make sure those people are protected.”

A recording of the entire press conference can be viewed here.

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