May 16, 2018 202/371-1999
‘Our Hearts Break for These Children and Families,’ Moms Leader Says About U.S. Plan to Hold
Children of Asylum-Seekers at Military Bases
Statement from Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO of MomsRising, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families, onreportsthat the Trump administration plans to hold children it forcibly separates from their asylum-seeking parents at military bases:
“America’s moms are horrified by the Trump administration’s destructive immigration policy that hurts women and children in particular. The policy reported late yesterday, that the federal government is preparing to house immigrant children at military bases, is unconscionable. Moms know this is the wrong direction for our nation and we also know our country should be welcoming immigrants and those seeking asylum from violence and natural disasters, not tearing apart asylum-seeking families and compounding their terror and trauma. Aswe noted when the Attorney General announced the administration’s plan to prosecute asylum seekers and separate children from their mothers, this policy demonstrates a breathtaking level of cruelty.
“Our hearts break for these children and families, fleeing brutal violence, who come here seeking a better life only to be treated with outright cruelty. Instead of welcoming them, we are violating their human rights by forcibly separating children from their parents. Now comes the news that our government is making preparations to house unaccompanied children and those it separates from their parents at military bases, which certainly are not positioned to provide the care and support that traumatized, vulnerable children need.
“This is a shameful, horrifying chapter in our country’s history. America’s moms will continue demanding that Congress intervene and prevent the Trump administration from separating asylum-seeking parents from their children. All asylum-seekers deserve to be treated with compassion, respect and dignity, and all children deserve to be cared for in communities that can provide services and support.”
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MomsRising.org is an on-the-ground and online grassroots organization of more than a million people who are working to increase family economic security, decrease discrimination against women and moms, and to build a nation where businesses and families can thrive. Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s families, including criminal justice reform, immigration policy reform, and gun safety. MomsRising is working for paid family and medical leave, affordable, high quality childcare and early learning, and for an end to the wage and hiring discrimination which penalizes women — particularly moms and women of color — and so many others. MomsRising advocates for access to healthy food for all kids, health care for all, earned sick days, and breastfeeding rights so that all children can have a healthy start. MomsRising maintains a Spanish language website: MamásConPoder.org. Sign up online at www.MomsRising.org — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.