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Illinois Senate Latino Caucus demands the Trump administration reunite families immediately

latinocaucusCHICAGO – On World Refugee Day, the Illinois Senate Latino Caucus demands an end to the Trump administration’s inhumane practices of ripping apart families at the border.

As a result of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ orders in April to adopt a zero-tolerance policy for illegal border crossings, including people requesting asylum, more than 2,300 children have been taken from their families and held in inhumane conditions.

 

“This isn’t a game. These aren’t gang members being detained. These are children. These are people coming to our country seeking asylum and looking to contribute,” Martin Sandoval (D-Chicago), Latino Caucus Co-Chair said. “My mother and father crossed the same border with the same hopes for America that all of these people have. Donald Trump is dashing those hopes for generations to come because he wants leverage to build an ornamental wall.”

While all Illinois Latino Caucus members agree the United States’ broken immigration needs to be fixed, all are appalled by the current treatment of families and children.

“We can disagree on how to secure our borders and how to fix our immigration system, but traumatizing children and separating families should not be a point of contention,” Assistant Majority Leader Tony Munoz (D-Chicago) said. “The Trump administration set forth this inhumane policy and should immediately cease its implementation.”

Latino caucus members implored citizens to look at Trump’s actions for what they really are: amoral attempts by the Trump administration to use immigrant families as political leverage.

“Trump’s administration is imprisoning children, babies. It’s plain evil, and nothing about that solves a problem or protects anyone,” Senator Omar Aquino (D-Chicago) said. “We have to question the morality of our country as families are being torn apart for their desire to have a better life. It has to end.”

Senator Cristina Castro called on Trump to swallow his pride and put an end to the practice immediately.

“Ripping children from their parents and holding them hostage is inhumane, cruel and any other superlative you can think of,” Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) said. “This falls on Trump’s shoulders alone, and the Administration defends their efforts by claiming their child hostages are receiving great care. Separating a child from their parents is traumatizing and will affect them for the rest of their lives. Nothing can justify this action. Our country is better than this.”

State Senator Iris Y. Martinez joined the voices all over the country calling for President Donald Trump to put an end to the inhumane policy which tears children from the arms of the parents who are seeking asylum in the United States.

“These are the children of those lawfully seeking asylum in the United States,” said Martinez, (D-Chicago). “This is a violation of what we stand for as a nation, and it is being justified with lies and contradictory statements from this administration. President Trump chose to create this appalling situation and he has the power to end it. I, and all his countrymen, call on him to do so now.”

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