House Democratic Leaders Condemn Detention of Children by Trump Administration

rump Administration's racist child detainment and child separation immigration policies was the subject of a letter that was sen
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The Trump Administration's racist child detainment and child separation immigration policies was the subject of a letter that was sent to DHS head Chad Wolf.

Today, November 25, 2020, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Joaquin Castro and democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Chad F. Wolf to express grave concerns for the neglect of children detained at the U.S. southern border.

The Department of Homeland Security continues to disregard federal law, agency standards, and the Flores Settlement Agreement by holding children in CBP custody for extended periods.

“In the last two months alone, CBP has detained 14 children under the age of five for longer than five days, including a one-month-old baby who was detained for over 16 days in September 2020. We demand an immediate explanation for these prolonged detentions and that DHS comply with the law and swiftly place unaccompanied children in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (“ORR”) or parole accompanied children and families into the interior,” the Members wrote. “CBP data shows that a total of 71 children were held in CBP custody for over 72 hours in September and October 2020.”

Full text of the letter can be found here.

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