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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Fights for Human Rights, Condemns Cruel Trump Administration Immigration Policy

Jun 14, 2018
Press Release
Congressman cosponsors resolution condemning Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that separates children from their parents at border

MANKATO, MN – U.S. Representatives Tim Walz (MN-01) cosponsored House Resolution 927 condemning the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has led to hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents at the US border. The resolution was introduced by Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).

“By separating children from their parents at the border, the Trump administration is violating their human rights. We must call this cruel practice out for what it is: child abuse. I call on the House to condemn this inhumane and immoral policy, and on the administration to put an end to it,” Walz said upon cosponsoring the resolution. “Instead of compromising our moral values as a nation by tearing children out of the hands of their parents, let’s practice some compassionate commonsense. It’s time for Republicans to stand up to President Trump and work with Democrats on real immigration reform.”

On April 6, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all United States Attorney’s Offices of a new ‘‘zero-tolerance policy” which has led to a significant increase in the number of immigrant children, some as young as 18 months, held in United States Government custody separated from their parents. In the first two weeks of May when enforcement of the zero-tolerance policy began, 658 children were separated from their parents at the border.

Moreover, reports from organizations providing care for these children have reported signs of ‘‘separation trauma’’, inability to sleep, nightmares, crying, and begging for their parents, or physical pain. The American Academy of Pediatrics has also emphasized that separating children from their parents can cause irreparable harm to a child’s health and well-being.

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

RESOLUTION

Condemning the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.

Whereas, on April 6, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified all United States Attorney’s Offices of a new “zero-tolerance policy” for immigrants crossing the border into the United States illegally;

Whereas this “zero-tolerance policy” has led to a significant increase in the number of immigrant children, as young as 18 months, held in United States Government custody separated from their parents;

Whereas Department of Health and Human Services shelters are at near full capacity, with the agency contemplating housing these children at military bases, and the average length of time spent in these shelters is up to 57 days this year, compared to 51 days last year;

Whereas reports from organizations providing care for these children have reported signs of “separation trauma”, inability to sleep, nightmares, crying, and begging for their parents, or physical pain, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has emphasized separating children from their parents can cause irreparable harm to a child’s health and well-being; and

Whereas the United States House of Representatives must come together and address this abusive and cruel policy that is ripping apart families: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) condemns the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy that is separating children from their parents at the United States border;

(2) identifies this policy as child abuse, as it fails to protect children crossing the border;

(3) recognizes that this zero tolerance policy may inflict irreversible damage to the health of these children that could have a lifetime of consequences; and

(4) remains actively committed to keeping children and their parents together as they come to the United States, many of whom are fleeing violence.

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