American Immigration Council's Statement on Trump's Executive Order on Family Separation

American Immigration Council's Statement on Trump's Executive Order on Family Separation

June 20, 2018

Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump signed an executive order today to try to stem criticism of his family separation policy. He has offered an unacceptable alternative: imprisoning mothers and fathers with their children. He also is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request that a court modify and effectively dismantle the Flores settlement. That settlement protects children held by the government and sets forth standards of care.

The following is a statement from Beth Werlin, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council:

“Today's executive order does nothing to change the fact that the administration is attacking families and criminalizing asylum seekers. The zero-tolerance policy is cruel and unnecessary. We should not have to choose between separating parents from their children and expanding the shameful practice of imprisoning families. Our experience defending families in detention, first in Artesia, New Mexico and now in Dilley, Texas, has taught us that family detention is never humane.” 

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For more information, contact: 

Melissa Cruz at the American Immigration Council, mcruz@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7518. 

Media Contact

Wendy Feliz, Communications Director 
wfeliz@immcouncil.org 

Maria Frausto, Senior Communications Manager 
mfrausto@immcouncil.org

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