06/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2018 09:10
Washington, DC -Today, Rep. Lawrence joins Members of Congress in condemning the Trump administration for cruelly separating children from their parents at the border.
'Separating families at the border has no place in our nation's immigration process. It endangers the mental health of children, traumatizes families already fleeing unimaginable hardship, and is contrary to the legal obligations of the United States to those seeking asylum.
'Family separation causes deep suffering among the entire family, but children stand to be the most impacted. No child should have to face such harsh realities at a young age. This is inhumane, cruel and completely contrary to our American values. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to facilitate this injustice.
'In the absence of capable leadership from the White House, I strongly urge my colleagues in Congress to take a stand and make it clear that the United States will always be a welcoming country for those seeking refuge from violence and other forms of conflict. It is imperative that we reintroduce humanity and compassion back into our immigration system.'