Stop Separating Families

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In a press conference last week, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer repeated questions about whether as a mother, she had any sympathy for immigrant children who are separated from their parents.

As a lawyer, advocate and father who works to ensure protections and access to lawyers for unaccompanied immigrant children, I am deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s cruel “zero tolerance” immigration policy that deliberately results in family separation. It has to stop.

I’ve heard stories of children being separated from their parents with only a quick goodbye, given very little information about when they will see them next. A colleague of mine worked with a brother and sister who had made the dangerous journey from Central America with their mother, and were separated from her at the border. The kids cried telling us how they begged to stay with their mother; we later found out she had been quickly deported back to Central America

There is no law that compels the separation of children from their parents, and the Administration can and should stop destroying families immediately.

Watching what these children go through – brutally, and unnecessarily inflicted on them by our government – is a kind of agony I’ve never experienced. We cannot sit by and watch it continue.

Sign my petition demanding that the administration immediately halt policies that embrace this cruel and unnecessary practice.