Local senators, religious leaders call on Trump administration to “bring families together”

ELIZABETH, NJ — Keep families together, keep families together.

After President Trump signed an executive order to keep families together — that reversed his previous argument that he had no authority to stop the separations of undocumented families.

Dozens of immigrant rights advocates gathered at this private immigrant detention facility to ask the president this question.

Many of them are leaders of different faiths responding to Attorney General Jeff Session’s bible passages that he quoted to defend Trump’s family separation policy.

“When a foreigner resides among you, in your land, do not mistreat them, the foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born; love them as yourself for you were foreigners at one time,” said Rev. Pablo Pizario.

Reverend Michael Granzen says the separation of children from their parents is causing trauma to these little ones, “who we now know their actual brains structure damaged by this early trauma, it is urgent to act and have a zero-tolerance policy every single child must be united with their parents and never, never give up on this.”

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez spoke to an asylum seeker whose children were separated from their mother after they attempted to come in and reunite with their father in the US.

He said seeking asylum is not a crime, but the Trump administration made it one.

“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, he’s torn thousands of innocent children from their parents, through his zero-tolerance policy – well I call it zero humanity policy, a zero compassion policy… an immoral policy.”

The Trump administration says, this policy was placed to deter the in-flow of asylum seekers, but Menendez says, not quite so.

“It is impossible to deter a mother from protecting her son, from forced inscription into a gang, it is impossible to deter a father from trying to protect his daughter from rape and torture, it is impossible to deter a family so fearful for their safety.”

Menendez says President Trump may have signed an executive order to keep families together but the question is, is it really bringing these children back to their families.

“It does not, the Senate has insisted, that the administration come before it to explain how is it going to reunify families.”

Menendez is calling on the Trump administration to do everything in its power to reunite the more than 2300 infants, toddlers, and teens taken from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

 

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  • Mario
    22 June 2018 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    No matter what the left, Democrats tells against Trump on Immigration , his poll rating, remain to the highest. A desperate moved by the Dems, until now they don’t have any solutions on immigration. Two bills from GOP submitted, it did not pass, it include DACA, path to citizenship,Border Wall, family separation etc. the Democrat has no interest working on FIX. Trump again keep pushing one more time on Immigration before the midterm. Trump never give up to fix the broken immigration laws which he inherited from past US Presidents. AARP alerted motorist; additional 50 Million travelers on July 4, the biggest in US history, expect heavy traffic.Reason is US citizen has so much money due to good economy given by Trump. Good economy will make Trump re-elected, they don’t care about immigration, they care about more money into their pocket, which Trump delivered in form of Tax cut. MSMedia, Fake news, Dems, focus on immigration to divert issues on Russian collusion investigators are about to be investigated, HClinton is close going to jail, Obama spying on Trump.etc..

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