FIRM Action and CASA in Action Join House Democrats on Floor, Denounce Trump’s Family Separation Policies
FIRM Action and CASA Join House Democrats on Floor, Denounce Trump’s Family Separation Policies
More than 60 immigrant children stand on House floor in unprecedented move
(Washington, D.C.)—More than 60 immigrant youth stood side-by-side with House Democrats on the House floor and in the gallery to denounce Trump’s hateful policies that tear families apart. In an unprecedented move, more than two dozen children joined Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and his colleagues in the House during his closing remarks on the floor.
The Members who spoke were John Lewis (D-GA), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Al Green (D-TX), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Jimmy Gomez (D-C), Jen Schakowsky (D-IL), Judy Chu (D-CA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Michelle lujan Grisham (D-NM), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL).
Kica Matos, spokesperson for FIRM Action and director of immigrant rights and racial justice at the Center for Community Change Action, said, “The Trump administration keeps calling their atrocious family separation policy a ‘zero tolerance’ policy. But, let’s be clear about something: This is a zero humanity policy and it needs to stop now.”
After the session, the immigrant children, Members and allies held a press conference to urge the Administration to keep families together.
CASA in Action President, Gustavo Torres said, “I want to say to our Republican friends. Where are you? You care about family. This is our family. You care about kids? These kids need you. Where are the Christians, the Evangelicals? The government is separating our families. It’s time to speak out.”
"Child care providers like myself are on the front lines of the immigration crisis. The impact on children is extreme. They are not pawns in a political game. We are better than this as a country,” said Nancy Harvey, a family child care provider from Oakland, California. Harvey was one of more than 250 advocates who traveled from 25 states to DC to fight for equitable and affordable childcare and early education.
Today’s action comes after Jeff Sessions implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy one month ago. Since then, more than 2,000 children have been detained in cage-like conditions, separated from their parents. Audio recordings reveal the screams of sorrow from young children missing their parents. Children as young as 3 months have been ripped from their parent’s arms.
Matos added, “FIRM Action and the Center for Community Change Action are ramping up our efforts to mobilize the millions of immigrant families whose lives we touch. Legislators who have lacked the decency and the humanity to stop the atrocities at the border and worked to advance inhumane immigration laws will be voted out of office.”
“History will not look kindly on this disgraceful chapter in our nation’s history,” she said. “It is up to us to go beyond our comfort zones and fight with everything we can to stop this madness. We must do so before this nation loses its soul—and our precious democracy is torn apart.”