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Peter DeFazio for Congress

Stand with families reaching the border

President Trump's damaging policy of separating children from their parents at the border has created complete chaos and is a violation of the very values that our country ought to uphold. They've forcibly removed children from their parents, shipped them to different states, and have even deported parents back to their countries of origin without their children. This treatment is cruel, inhumane, and absolutely unacceptable.

Make no mistake: Trump's Executive Order may have stopped the barbaric practice of separating children but his "zero tolerance" policy still means that those who reach our border seeking refuge are automatically detained and treated as criminals. The United States should live up to its promise to give safe harbor to those coming from horrible conditions, as we've done for generations. Instead, the Trump administration has created a new set of horrible conditions for refugees to navigate.

I'm concerned about the lack of transparency at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and have a lot of questions that I'll be demanding answers to. We must address our broken immigration system, but I'll be clear: children should never be used as pawns in a political fight.

You can guarantee that I'll be doing everything in my power to right the course and I ask that you do everything you can, too. Stand with me and people across the country by contributing to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an advocacy organization that provides support to unaccompanied children to ensure that no child appears in immigration court without representation. Your contribution to their efforts will make a positive impact, and I thank you for your support.

Peter

Posted on June 21, 2018.