“The separation of children at the border is a human rights violation. It’s government-sanctioned child abuse,” said Rep. Bass. “When the federal government is the one responsible for the separation, they should also be responsible for reunification. That responsibility was notably absent from Trump’s insufficient executive order that he issued last week.
June 26, 2018
Dear Secretaries Azar and Nielsen:
As federal officials, we have a moral obligation to uphold the values that have always made America a beacon of hope, democracy and decency in the world.
We also have an obligation to the hardworking taxpayers across this nation who entrust us to spend their money wisely.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of this bill and the foster youth who will benefit from its passage.
“There was perhaps no bigger leader in the fight for civil rights in Los Angeles than John.
“The Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border is deeply concerning and it goes against our nation’s values and long history as a land of immigrants,” the lawmakers wrote. “As we learn more about the devastating effects of President Trump’s zero tolerance policy, we are seeing more and more images of some of the children that are being deta
“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.
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To those who are triggered by every tweet, who considered decamping to Canada to escape Donald Trump’s presidency, Karen Bass feels you. But the four-term congresswoman for California’s 37th District has seen worse. As a 14-year-old campaign volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy, she listened to the radio when he was assassinated the night of the California primary.