June 15, 2018

Lujan Statement on Trump Administration's Cruel Policies Toward Immigrant Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration's policy that systematically separates families at the US-Mexico border:

“The administration’s decision to pull families apart is inhumane and immoral. We’ve already heard stories of children being ripped from their parents’ arms, mothers and fathers begging judges for updates on children they haven’t seen in weeks or even months, distraught children being held in conditions that no child should have to endure, and even of one father who took his own life rather than be separated from his children.

“Attorney General Sessions and Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have both cited scripture as justification for this heartless practice. The Bible tells us to love our neighbor: ‘When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’

“There is simply no good reason for taking these children from their parents. If the President truly believes that separating families is wrong, as he has repeatedly said, then he must immediately abandon this policy.

“As a nation—as men and women of compassion—we cannot stand by while mothers literally have their children torn from them.”