Congresswoman Bustos Statement on Donald Trump’s Family Separation Policy and Recent Executive Order

“I never thought I’d live to see the day when an American President would take thousands of children, including hundreds of toddlers, away from their parents and demand a $25 billion ransom to let them out of a cage. Washington Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for allowing this to happen.

“President Trump made a decision to tear apart thousands of families for seeking refuge from gang violence, rape and murder. We must make sure this never happens again. This is why I have cosponsored the Keep Families Together Act – a clean bill that permanently prevents the President from continuing this barbaric and inhumane policy of abusing children. Any bill that ties the separation or incarceration of children to funding for the President’s hardline immigration policies should be a non-starter. If Washington Republicans are serious about solving the crisis at hand rather than engaging in a hostage negotiation, they should allow a vote on our bill today.

“For the last several days, President Trump repeatedly misled the nation, claiming that he didn’t have a policy of taking children away from their parents despite the mounting evidence in front of our eyes and in our ears. Now, he’s signed an Executive Order that he says will make everything better, but it fails to solve the very problem he created. Indefinite detention is not the answer. No child should face years of lockup. Too many already have scars that will never heal.

“As a mother, I am deeply saddened by the place this President has taken us in this dark chapter of our nation’s history.”