What is Congressman Coffman Doing for the Children? – Trump Administration Separating Hundreds of Children from their Parents
WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday evening, a New York Times report detailed how the Trump Administration is separating hundreds of children from their parents at stations along the southern border. The practice is part of the Administration’s larger agenda of targeting, separating, and deporting immigrant families, including refugees, Dreamers, parents protected under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and other asylum seekers.
While Democratic members of Congress have questioned the administration on the practice, officials have declined to provide answers.
Congressman Coffman isn’t asking questions.
Just another instance of Rep. Coffman’s deafening silence on the Trump Administration’s heinous treatment of immigrant families. From terminating TPS for Salvadorans to adopting policies that separate children as young as four-years-old from their mothers, President Trump is running havoc on American values, and Congressman Coffman isn’t saying or doing much about it.
Read the full article or see excerpts below:
“Officials have repeatedly declined to provide data on how many families have been separated, but suggested that the number was relatively low.
“But new data reviewed by The New York Times shows that more than 700 children have been taken from adults claiming to be their parents since October, including more than 100 children under the age of 4.
“The data was prepared by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services that takes custody of children who have been removed from migrant parents. Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security, which processes migrants at the border, initially denied that the numbers were so high. But after they were confirmed to The Times by three federal officials who work closely with these cases, a spokesman for the health and human services department on Friday acknowledged in a statement that there were ‘approximately 700.’ […]
“The idea of punishing parents who are trying to save their children’s lives, and punishing children for being brought to safety by their parents by separating them, is fundamentally cruel and un-American,” said Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an advocacy group that conducts interviews and monitoring at immigration detention centers, including those that house children. “It really to me is just a horrific ‘Sophie’s Choice’ for a mom.”
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