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For Immediate Release                                                                                   Contact: Emily Hecker
May 8, 2018                                                                                                                  202/371-1999

Trump Administration Policy on Asylum-Seeking Parents Demonstrates a ‘Breathtaking Level of Cruelty’

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, on the Trump administration’s decision to separate all asylum-seeking parents from their children:
“The announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that the Trump administration will prosecute all asylum-seekers who enter our country and separate all asylum-seeking parents from their children, reflects a breathtaking level of cruelty. Even Sessions concedes that these families are fleeing violence and devastation -- which makes it especially troubling that the administration plans to compound their trauma by tearing them apart at a time when all they have is each other.
“This cruel action will not deter terrified parents from trying to bring their children to a place where they have a chance to survive and find a better life. It will only cause immense suffering for vulnerable families – while undermining our nation’s values. This cannot be what we become as a country.
“To punish instead of welcome those seeking sanctuary in the United States – to treat them with cruelty and contempt instead of compassion and respect – is inexcusable.
“America’s moms are appalled at the prospect of thousands of children being forcibly separated from their parents and tossed into already overwhelmed child welfare and foster care systems. Nobody is better equipped to care for these children than their parents.
“America’s mothers will stand side-by-side with asylum-seeking parents in rejecting our government’s efforts to tear families apart. We demand that Congress act immediately to ensure that no asylum-seeking family is separated, and all these families are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.”

#          #          #          # 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: Mamá Sign up online at — and follow us on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook.