***ICYMI*** Menendez, Democrats Call for an End of Family Separation at the Border

***ICYMI*** Menendez, Democrats Call for an End of Family Separation at the Border

   

WASHINGTONU.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to call for the Trump Administration to end the crisis at the U.S. border caused by its zero tolerance policy separating immigrant families, pointing out that there’s nothing in the law that requires the Administration to tear children away from their parents. Just yesterday, 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 with 66% disapproving of Trump’s cruel policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.

The Office of Senator Menendez released a video juxtaposing the famous Statue of Liberty poem against footage Customs & Border Patrol released and audio ProPublica released from inside a detention center:

 

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ABC 7 NY: Family separation crisis: President Trump digs in despite rising outrage

“Images of children held in fenced cages fueled a growing chorus of condemnation from both political parties, four former first ladies and national evangelical leaders. The children are being held separately from parents who are being prosecuted under the administration's ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for illegal border crossings.”

CBS New York: Separating Families Becomes Heated Issue For White House, Lawmakers.

“The White House is defending current ‘zero tolerance’ policies – which take minors away from the adults they crossed the border with – despite growing criticism from Democratic lawmakers.

“‘This is unconscionable, it is immoral,’ Sen. Bob Menendez said.

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“Democrats are pushing back against the president’s claim that this controversy started because of ‘their’ immigration law.”

News 12: NY/NJ Democrats call for an end to Trump family separation polic

“Democratic lawmakers from New York and New Jersey are calling on the Trump administration to end its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border after the families illegally entered the country.

“‘There is nothing in the law that requires the Trump administration to separate children from their families,’ said Sen. Bob Menendez.”

NJ.com: What Americans think of Trump's immigration policy separating parents and children

“Two-thirds of Americans oppose President Donald Trump's policy of separating children from parents seeking to enter the U.S. without permission, according to two polls released Monday.

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“U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday that those fleeing to the U.S. are worried that their families will be killed if they don't.

“‘Asylum, which is been part of the United States law since I can remember it - even before - is an opportunity to make that claim and let the United States know that you have a legitimate fear of your life or liberty at stake,’ said Menendez, D-N.J., at a press conference in Springfield. ‘Believe me, these mothers wouldn't be taking their children on a dangerous journey, thousands of miles, if they had some other choice.’”

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