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Mi Familia Vota: Trump’s Government-Sanctioned Family Torture

06.20.2018

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2018
Contact: Karina Martínez | karinam@mifamiliavota.org | 858/752-1262

Trump’s Government-Sanctioned Family Torture

President’s policies are based on extremism that devalues lives of immigrants and those of people of color.

Washington D.C. – Congress is preparing to vote on two GOP House immigration bills,

concocted to further President Trump’s extremist immigration agenda. Mi Familia Vota urges “No,” votes on both bills: the so-called Goodlatte measure favored by anti-immigrant lawmakers, and a bill dubiously dubbed a “compromise bill,” drafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who is  leading Trump’s agenda on Capitol Hill.

Mi Familia Vota Executive Director,Ben Monterroso issued the following statement:

“We have seen an insatiable appetite by the Trump administration for inflicting pain on people of color, but immigrant communities in particular. The family separation tactic that Trump is using, whether it be through interior enforcement with work raids, individual deportations, blocking Dreamers from obtaining legal status in the U.S. leaving them vulnerable to family separation, or by taking away children from their parents at the border, all have the same outcome of state-sanctioned family torture through indefinite separation.

“It is morally repugnant that the primary outcome of these tactics is the separation of families, followed by conservatives’ proposals to let children be detained with their parents. They are not criminals, and those are not humane solutions for immigrant communities.

After attacking youths by stripping away the DACA program that gave them legal presence in the U.S., the administration pivoted and pounced on children — infants, toddlers and teens — who have experienced the most traumatic episode in their young lives. The level of cruelty and profound psychological damage being caused to these children and their parents has no justification. Trump and his supporters, including the face of family separation, DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, have been unrepentant in their crusade against families.

“Our federal government created this crisis, and we cannot rely on them to change their policies. We must rely on ourselves and each other to take action and vote for those with the moral decency to keep families together. Families are universally recognized as the cornerstone of society; why should we allow the Trump administration to continue to destroy them?”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.