Family Separation: Seriously Flawed and Destined to Fail

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June 22, 2018

Dear Friend,

I strongly oppose the Trump Administration's recent policies regarding immigrant families. 

When families come to our borders, they are often fleeing government violence, domestic violence, and religious persecution. They follow generations of people who came to America seeking a better life and they deserve to be treated with respect and care. 

Keeping Families Together

floor speech updated

I demanded an immediate end to the family separation policy in a speech on the House floor last week. Thankfully, Congress can do something to end the practice.

I helped introduce the Keep Families Together Act, which prohibits Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances, like trafficking indicators or other concerns of risk to the child. It also requires DHS to develop policies and procedures allowing parents and children to locate each other and reunite if they have been separated. 

family separation

I'm urging my colleagues to support and help pass this bill so we can end the abhorrent practice of separating families. 

For more information on my work to keep families together, read my interview with the San Diego Union Tribune.

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Do you think Congress should come together and pass the Keeping Families Together Act?

Yes, we need to keep families together.


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Moving Forward

I oppose the President's Executive Order because I believe it violates previous court rulings that said minors cannot be detained in an adult detention facility for more than 20 days. Any attempt to indefinitely detain children with their parents violates these court rulings. 

Instead, I believe we need to address the serious lack of judges that decide immigration cases, and focus on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve this.