On March 6, 2019, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Regrettably, Secretary Nielsen’s testimony calls into question her commitment and that of the U.S. Government to promote humane immigration and pro-family policies at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During the hearing, Secretary Nielsen
- Insisted that the cages used by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to detain migrant and asylum-seeking kids “aren’t really cages.”
- Confirmed that some parents were deported without their children.
- Stated that 3 children have died “so far” this year while in CBP custody.
These three facts alone are unacceptable not to mention other concerns ranging from the treatment of asylum seekers to the effectiveness of the proposed border wall. At LIRS, we are committed to ending these practices.
In addition to the 2,700 family separations that the administration acknowledges, it turns out there were thousands more children who have been separated from their parents and detained by CBP last year due to the ‘zero tolerance policy’. And data released by the government last month indicates the practice is still prevalent. We cannot turn a blind eye on this sad chapter in U.S. history as some of the parents are still wondering when if ever they will see their children.
Now is the time to express public outrage about the Administration’s treatment of children. Tell Congress that children don’t belong in cages and families belong together!
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