If you stay current on the latest news, whether it is via social media or on a particular news source website, you have likely read about the hundreds of immigrant families who have been torn apart after attempting to enter the U.S. without the proper documentation to do so. Although President Trump promised he would bring change in terms of how individuals from other countries enter the U.S. to live and work, it wasn’t until the “zero-tolerance” policy was enforced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions a few weeks back that sparked outrage in many states as approximately 2,000 kids have been separated from their families and are being held in detention facilities.
While some believe this is the change America needs, others are furious at the fact that children ranging from all ages are being taken away from the people they love and trust and placed in a facility not knowing when or if they will ever see their parents and/or relatives again. With the zero-policy creating so much controversy along with the actions of the Trump administration, The San Diego Union-Tribune decided to pose several questions for congressional representatives in San Diego County to find out what their view was “of the unfolding situation with children of unauthorized immigrants being separated from their parents at the border.”
Some of the other questions asked included:
- Is it appropriate to compare this issue to that of Nazi concentration camps and internment camps for U.S. citizens and noncitizens of Japanese descent during World War II?
- How has President Trump handled the new policy that has led to so many separations?
- What are you doing about this and what should Congress do about it?
Below are some of the responses given by the representatives who decided to respond to the request for comment.
Here’s what Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego had to say.
“There is no law requiring the separation of families. It is a policy choice, which can be ended today if the President wanted to stop it.” Davis went on to say that “the profound trauma these children are experiencing could cause immediate and long-lasting damage to them.” Davis stated that she is cosponsoring the Keep Families Together Act in the House which is expected to help prevent migrant families from being separated.
Here is Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego views on the issue.
“Separating children from their parents is cruel, immoral, and un-American. It also goes against decades of immigration policies that kept families together and court rulings that established protections for children.” Peters also said that one day, “we will look back on ourselves with deep regret and sadness” for what is happening in the present. Peters also mentioned that he played a role in introducing the Keep Families Together Act.
What was Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego thoughts on the issue?
“Ripping children from the arms of their parents who are fleeing violence and seeking safety at the border is cruel, inhumane, and un-American. It is shameful that the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies have come to this.” He believes President Trump has allowed this policy to take effect but also has the power to end it.
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To read the entire responses the congressional representatives provided, visit The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Clearly, there are many who criticize the manner in which the Trump Administration is handling the influx of immigrant families coming to the U.S. in search of a better life, however, it appears the separation of families continues to occur.
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