Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Returns to McAllen in South Texas to Demand that the Trump Administration Effectively Expedite the Family Reunification Process

Style Magazine Newswire | 7/20/2018, 12:05 p.m.
Jackson Lee— “Indeed, it appears as if the President’s lack of response to the letter I led is indicative of ...
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

“Indeed, it appears as if the President’s lack of response to the letter I led is indicative of the administration’s overall tact towards legitimate inquiries for oversight, like that which is prescribed by Article I of the Constitution. Despite the fact that a federal judge ordered the reunification of children under age 5 by a date certain, last week the Department of Homeland Security indicated that only about 50% of these children were reunited by the date prescribed by the court, and that at least 2,551 of all of children remain separated from their parents. The lack of empathy and compassion symbolized by both the policy and the failure to reunite these children with their parents is wrong, but sadly consistent with other instances where the administration lacked compassion towards those seeking asylum. Notably, last month also brought news that the Administration plans to foreclose the ability of asylum seekers to cite gang violence or domestic violence as an acceptable reason to seek asylum.

“While this policy shocks the conscience, it is of no surprise that it would emanate from an administration which boasts as its Attorney General a stalwart opponent of immigration and a Chief of Staff who, while he was DHS Secretary, believed that separation of children from their parents was an effective means of deterring immigration writ large. All of this was done without a plan for the orderly reunification of these children with their families. This is outrageous. Under no circumstance can we allow the barbaric separation of families to continue. This policy is one of the most un-American policies implemented under the Trump Administration in our name. Americans from all walks of life must band together to say with one voice: not in my name.”