TEXAS, US- Democratic lawmakers joined protesters outside immigration detention facilities in New Jersey and Texas on Sunday for Father’s Day demonstrations against the Trump administration’s practise of separating children from their parents at the US -Mexico border.
Representative Jerrold Nadler, one of seven members of Congress from New York and New Jersey met with five detainees inside a facility in Elizabeth, New Jersey, including three who said they had young relatives removed from their care after seeking asylum at the border, “This must not be who we are as a nation.”
The latest story by Nadler is the intensifying coverage of children are being separated from their families, as Donald Trump administration cracks down on illegal immigration. This has led to political pressure on the president even Trump allies from the Republican party disagree with the policy.
On Friday US authorities said about 2000 children had been separated from adults the border between the months of April and the end of May.
US Attorney General Jeff Session announced in May a total cracked down and “zero tolerance” on all those who are arrested when they enter the United States border illegally. He said even those who are seeking asylum, this usually leads to people criminally charged and children being separated from their children.
Representative Beto O’Rourke, who is running four the US Senate in Texas told demonstrators they had to bear the burden of what is happening, ” what we now know to be happening,”
“I want that burden to be so uncomfortable for so many of us that it forces us to act, it places the public pressure on those in positions of public trust and power to do the right thing four our country,
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