Recently, you proposed that the Department of Homeland Security enact a policy of purposefully separating children and mothers who are seeking asylum at our southern border.
We as a nation must protect children and keep families together!
This policy, if advanced, will cause extreme and unnecessary harm to children who have already experienced horrible trauma. It is nothing more than a blatant human rights abuse masquerading as immigration enforcement. This proposal is a direct threat to our nation’s values of family unity and curtails the fundamental right of all mothers to do what is best to protect their children.
This proposal will be doubling down on the extreme trauma that children fleeing life-threatening violence face. Evidence shows that kids who are separated from their parents after dangerous journeys north are often re-traumatized.
Mothers stand against this atrocious proposal. We will not sit idly by as the Trump administration and the DHS attempt to undermine the fundamental freedoms that define our families and our democracy.
Do not rip children away from their mothers as they enter our country fleeing trauma and seeking safety! This doubles the trauma to children, and is a human rights abuse in the name of immigration enforcement!
cc. Secretary John Kelly