Outraged response to policy of separating immigrant families at border

Worldwide voices demanded that federal officials end the practice of separating adults caught crossing the border from their children, saying the cruel and unwarranted policy is undermining community trust and hurting law enforcement efforts.

The world is astounded over children, who have been separated from the parents at the border under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, and detained in American concentration camps.

The cruelty of the Trump administration’s more than 100 detention camps is now listed among other human rights atrocities involving past and current international concentration and internment camps.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed that 2,342 children were separated from their parents between May 5 and June 9 –an average of 70 children ripped away from their parents a day– and a new poll revealed that majority of Americans oppose the Republican Party’s anti-immigrant agenda.

Democratic attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, expressing opposition to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” to immigration enforcement.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Republican Speaker of the House in Texas were among those calling for an end to Trump’s border policy. American voters oppose the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the border into America, by a margin of 66 – 27 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Monday.

Ten Democratic lawmakers are calling on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, and opposition mounted Tuesday, including from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at border.

New Jersey Democrat Lisa McCormick condemned the Trump administration for tearing families apart.

“American government should be dedicated to keeping families together, not tearing them apart,” said McCormick, who was a senate candidate in the  primary election. “Under Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s tenure, the Department of Homeland Security has no track record of responsibility, competence, transparency or accountability, so she must resign.”

A number of Democratic lawmakers echoed the sentiment, also calling for Nielsen’s resignation, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tina Smith of Minnesota, as well as Reps. Barbara Lee and Ted Lieu, both of California, Kathleen Rice of New York and Donald Payne of New Jersey.

“I think she should resign,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We have zero tolerance for your neglect and for your policy of selecting — of separating children from their parents.”

The U.N. human rights chief joined notables such as former first lady Laura Bush, as well as media mogul Rupert Murdoch in the groundswell of opposition to the so-called zero-tolerance policy, in which parents who enter or attempt to enter the U.S. illegally are held and separated from their children.

 


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