Doyle Condemns Trump Policy Separating Children from Their Parents
June 18, 2018
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) released the following statement today condemning the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy separating undocumented children from their parents.
“The Trump Administration’s policy of separating families at the border is abhorrent, not to mention possibly illegal and unconstitutional. Families with children shouldn’t be treated this way.
“I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents. I’m outraged that the Administration would adopt this policy, and I’m angry that the Administration is trying to mislead the public about why so many children are being separated from their parents now.
“The separation of children from their parents at the border began in May when the Trump Administration announced its ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy of arresting and prosecuting all adults who crossed the border without the proper papers. It’s Trump’s policy – and his policy alone – that’s separating children from their parents.
“At first, I think it was, as [former DHS Secretary and now White House Chief of Staff] John Kelly said, an attempt to deter the immigration of undocumented families by making the consequences of crossing the border harsher.
“But now that there’s been such a big backlash against the policy of separating children from their parents, it seems that the Trump Administration is trying to shift the blame for its own policy choices onto Democrats, and use the public outcry as leverage to force Democrats to accept a number of other harsh Trump anti-immigrant policies – just as it did earlier with DACA.
“I’m a cosponsor of H.Res. 927, which condemns the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance policy for separating children from their parents, and calls for keeping the families of immigrants and asylum-seekers together.”