State and Local Leaders, Advocacy Groups Weigh in on Family Separations at U.S. Border
The separation of migrant families at the nation’s southern border has elicited heartbreak and outrage across the nation, prompting statements from human rights organizations, U.S. lawmakers, and all living first ladies.
Now, local advocacy groups are also weighing in.
The League of California Cities’ Latino Caucus held a press conference in Oakland on Saturday denouncing the separations as inhumane and immoral. The Caucus is calling on Congress to pass legislation that would immediately halt the breakup of families at the U.S. border.
A number of politicians from California have weighed in on the issue via Twitter.
Here are just a few examples:
I’m calling on Kirstjen Nielsen to resign as Secretary of Homeland Security. Under her watch, our government has committed human rights abuses by breaking up families along the southern border. And she has failed to be accountable to and transparent with the American people.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 18, 2018
Parents are being deported while their children - some younger than 5 - are left here alone, locked inside cages in windowless warehouses. No child should ever have to cry out for their parents like this. https://t.co/oFPtGNx3jV— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) June 19, 2018
There's no law that requires a child be taken from a mother’s arms while nursing. This is the Trump administration’s policy. President Trump could put an end to this immoral policy right now. #KeepFamiliesTogether— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 19, 2018
This is not normal. This is not ok. A great nation doesn’t have child prison camps, much less for profit ones https://t.co/2SoBXFh00b— Michael Tubbs (@MichaelDTubbs) June 15, 2018
There are moments in history where we look back and say what would I have done to stop such an atrocity from occurring? This is one of those moments. We cannot become numb to this. We cannot turn away. We cannot let this administration get away with this. https://t.co/DVplk7rYdZ— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 14, 2018
I know firsthand that we need a safe and secure border, but I am against separating parents and children. pic.twitter.com/lNVvkC6kFM— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) June 19, 2018
Republican candidate for governor John Cox also spoke out Monday, calling the practice “horrendous” and urging Congress to take immediate action.
Despite the torrent of criticism, the White House and Justice Department show no signs of backing down so far. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen defended the practice at a press conference Monday, insisting the children are being well cared for and that it is up to Congress to fix the law.