Thank you for standing up for justice and keeping families together.
Many of the individuals and families seeking protection at the U.S border are fleeing horrific violence and have legitimate requests for asylum — a protection long enshrined in U.S. and international law. Criminalizing victims of violence and traumatizing children is not public policy — it is simply cruel.
I am outraged by the callousness of this administration and have called on the president to abandon his zero tolerance policy. Earlier this month several of my home state colleagues and I went to the federat prison in Sheridan to visit more than a hundred immigrant detainees — some of whom have not talked with their families in weeks. We demanded that the government improve their conditions and respect their due process rights.
When a U.S. District Court judge in California ruled that the government's conduct 'shocks the conscience' and required the reunification of families in 30 days, I led 79 of my colleagues in demanding details about the administration's plans for complying.
There are more than 2,000 children who have been separated from their parents as a result of this administration, and I will keep fighting until all of them have been reunited. And then I will fight to make sure it never happens again.
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