Pelosi Statement on Trump Family Separation Policy


San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy:

“President Trump’s family separation policy leaves a dark stain on our nation.  Ripping vulnerable little children away from their parents is an utter atrocity that debases America’s values and our legacy as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom.

“We join the Evangelical Immigration Table in calling this policy ‘horrible’ and the Conference of Catholic Bishops in saying that ‘separating babies from their mothers… is immoral.’

“This barbaric policy violates our asylum laws and the constitutional rights of parents.  Longstanding U.S. Supreme Court precedents protect parental rights and family integrity, and make clear that the separation and long-term detention of children is illegal.  For the President to allege that there is a law or precedent for severing parents and children is simply a falsehood.  For him to blame Democrats is yet another sign of his pathological need to distract and divert attention from his constant trampling over the law.

“Republicans in Congress have a moral and legal responsibility to end this inhumane and illegal policy, but the harsh Republican legislation only makes this disturbing, disgusting situation worse for innocent, vulnerable little children at the border.  Yet, the blame for every mistreated child, heartbroken mother and father and broken family rests squarely on the President, and only he can end the trauma.

“Protecting children and families is about basic morality and common decency.  We hope that President Trump will remember his obligations – as a father, elected official and American – and  immediately rescind this barbarous policy.”

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