Scott Statement on the Republicans’ Failure to Address the Family Separation Crisis

June 22, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the Republican Majority’s failure to address the family separation crisis at the border:

“President Trump’s reprehensible ‘zero-tolerance’ policy led to thousands of children, including toddlers and infants, being wrenched from the arms of their parents. According to the medical community, such a traumatic event can cause irreparable psychological damage to these innocent children. The Administration then repeatedly lied to the American people about the policy. Making matters worse and even more traumatic, the Administration was so ill-prepared they now cannot guarantee that all these children will ever be reunited with a parent. Giving into pressure to undo this reprehensible policy, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) that he claims will end the humanitarian crisis he created. Unfortunately, this is another false claim by this Administration. This EO will lead to other problems and presents us all with an absurd choice of having to choose between jailing children or jailing families. Shockingly, the EO says nothing about shutting down facilities detaining children and returning them to their family. Administration officials must detail how they plan to release these children to their families swiftly and responsibly, in compliance with child welfare laws.

“Instead of addressing the family separation crisis at the border, House Republicans proposed two bills that would make everything demonstrably worse. These bills would nullify existing protections for children, dismantle our existing family immigration system, shrink legal immigration, and provide no relief for most Dreamers. One of these bills failed on the Floor yesterday and the vote on the other bill has been delayed until next week due to lack of support. This kind of governance highlights the Republicans’ inability to solve the crisis at the border. Congress should pass the Keep Families Together Act, which plainly stops the Trump Administration from separating children from families, and pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation that protects Dreamers and actually fixes our broken immigration system.”

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