More on Immigration Reform
“Before our trip, we had been told that families were not being separated at our border anymore. We now know that to be a lie. We met grandmothers and grandfathers who had been separated from their grandchildren because they weren’t considered family. We also saw hundreds of immigrants locked in cages, including children and some women well into their pregnancies,” said Rep.
In late June, Rep. Bass, introduced H.R. 6236, the “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act”, which would require the federal government to reunite families that have been forcibly separated at the border. As a child welfare advocate, Rep. Bass continues to fight to ensure that the federal government does not partake in any acts that would violate the welfare and rights of migrant families.
“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. I hope Congress, as a body of moral men and women, can come together and pass this bill.”
The “Family Unity Rights and Protection Act” would:
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.
“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 detained. Based on these images, many have raised concerns about the status of young girls who have been separated at the border. The American people have a right to know what is being done to ensure th
“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.
“It’s time to end the lies and end the deception.”