Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette calls Senate bill ‘more inhumane’ than Trump’s zero-tolerance policy

Jan 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC  U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), the Chair of the House panel currently investigating the Trump administration’s child-separation policy, released the following statement today calling the Senate’s proposal to prevent Central American children from applying for asylum at the border “more inhumane and un-American than Trump’s disastrous zero-tolerance policy itself”:

“These are children who are often desperately fleeing terrible violence back home. They are literally running for their lives and asking for our country to help. Instead of offering them help, this proposal would require border officials to turn a deaf ear to their desperate pleas and send these kids back to the very places they just risked their lives to escape. Such a policy would be even more inhumane and un-American than Trump’s disastrous zero-tolerance policy itself – and Senate Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.”