Trump Administration Fails to Reunite Families, Congress Must Demand Answers

From Karely Hernandez, The Leadership Conference

July 26, 2018 – Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Trump administration failed to meet a court-ordered family reunification deadline:

“In one fell swoop, the Trump administration ripped away thousands of children from their parents, then deported hundreds of parents without their children. The administration moved forward with this cruel policy without regard for the human consequences, and now it can’t seem to fix its self-created catastrophe. These actions are despicable and morally bankrupt. Thousands of children have suffered trauma as a result of this cruelty and incompetence. Congress must use its authority and convene oversight hearings to demand answers from the administration. Given this administration’s lack of urgency to reunite all families by today’s court-ordered deadline, Congress needs to ensure all families are reunited immediately.”

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