Lofgren Statement regarding Trump Executive Order on Family Separation

June 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement today regarding President Trump’s executive order on family separation:

 “President Trump seems to seek our approval for trying to solve a problem he himself created. Separating children from their parents is cruel, inhumane, and abusive to children. It remains to be seen how the President intends to resolve this. If his plan is to put parents in the cages with their children, that’s simply trading one form of abuse for another.

“Seeking asylum is not illegal. It’s part of our immigration laws. To throw vulnerable children in jail – even with their parents – is not acceptable and is prohibited. The Flores Settlement clearly indicates that indefinite incarceration of children in prisons is not a good thing. Children require special protections and should not be placed in jail-like settings.

“The Family Case Management Program, which was eliminated by President Trump in one of his first actions as President, was an effective community supervision program that secured a near 100% court appearance rate for asylum-seekers. If Trump actually cared about ensuring compliance with the law, he could simply reinstate that program.”

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