“Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen must resign because of the human rights abuses our country has committed under her watch at our border.
“Under her leadership, the Department of Homeland Security has carried out state-sanctioned child abuse and yesterday, she took to the White House press podium and lied to the American people about her department’s involvement.
“The separation of immigrant families is a violation of human rights,” said Rep. Bass, top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights. “A civilized country should never levy lifelong trauma as a deterrent to immigrants seeking asylum, let alone defenseless children.
In 1953, the division of the Korean Peninsula separated more than an estimated 10 million families, including some who are now citizens of the United States and have not been able to see their families in more than 60 years. Now, in light of new talks between the White House and North Korea, Rep.
“The outrageous separation of families at the border isn’t just a temporary consequence that ends upon reunification of the child and their parent. Separation means significant trauma for both parties.
The letter was signed by Democratic Members of the U.S.
“Any time a foster youth falls through the cracks, the government is really the one responsible,” Rep. Bass said. “When we remove children from their parents, it’s the government that becomes the parents. What can we do better? What are the tangible solutions? That’s what this event is about.
“The international community must act immediately to contain the spread of Ebola. What we learned during the last outbreak was that only through extensive international collaboration can we stop this epidemic.