Congressman Al Green’s Statement on the Separation of Migrant Families at the United States Border

Jul 2, 2018

Houston, TX – Congressman Al Green traveled to a childcare detention facility in Brownsville, Texas, on Monday, July 2, 2018 to investigate the humanitarian crisis created by President Trump. He released the following statement regarding the intentional separation of migrant families by the government at the border:

“Young children should not be ripped from the arms of parents fleeing harm and seeking asylum. Children are held at Southwest Key Casa El Presidente, one of many childcare detention facilities, while their parents are detained in different facilities. There, the parents wait for an indefinite amount of time for a judge to evaluate their case. Many of these children are at a tender age, younger than 5, and are susceptible to psychological damage that could follow them for years. These families need to be reunited to protect the wellbeing of these vulnerable children.   

“I am publicly calling on the Trump Administration to fully right this wrong and reunite 100% of children separated from their families by the government at the border. This is not a partisan issue. This is a human rights issue. You do not have to be a parent to sympathize. You only have to be human. America, the home of liberty and justice for all, should not give the rest of the world the impression that we have no regard for the mental and physical wellbeing of migrant families fleeing harm. The nightmare of potentially losing your child forever has become the harsh reality for too many parents. We cannot stand idly by and allow this to continue.”