DeGette to Visit U.S. Border to Witness Family Separation Campaign In Action
Denver – As part of her ongoing work to reverse the Trump Administration’s new “zero-tolerance” policy of separating children from parents who enter the United States seeking asylum or otherwise come into the country without documentation, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, will travel with colleagues to the Southwestern U.S. border this week.
“I’ve long protested this heartless, shameful policy and am supporting legislation to reverse it,” DeGette said. “And using the tools of congressional oversight, I‘ve raised the matter in hearings, letters to the administration and via other means. Now I’ll have a first-hand view in order to do more to bring its reality home. A number of leading female members of Congress will visit the scene of this crime against humanity; we will bear witness and bring to light the ways in which the Trump Administration is harming vulnerable families, damaging our nation’s stature and seeking to excuse these outrages in the name of national security.”
More than 20 leading female members of Congress will take part in the trip to McAllen, Texas, where they will observe government authorities in action and visit with children affected by the new family separation campaign.
Having already sounded the alarm over this inhumane change in policy when it came to light and raised the issue with high-level Trump Administration officials, DeGette is supporting the Keep Families Together Act, which will be introduced in the House this week. The bill will prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from separating children from their parents, except in very narrow, extraordinary circumstances where it is in the children’s best interest, and independent child welfare officials will oversee each such case. It will also tightly limit criminal prosecution of those who seek asylum.