(ANN ARBOR, MI) – The White House has signaled that President Trump will sign an executive order ending the practice of separating immigrant families at the border. In light of Trump’s implementation of the zero-tolerance policy and executive order, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar released the following statement:
I am hopeful that the president not only ends the separation practice, but reunites the children and parents who have been separated since this practice started in April.
I am vehemently opposed to the separation of families at the southern border. Trump’s zero-tolerance policy is cruel and inhumane. 1,995 minors have been separated from a parent or guardian in custody between April 18 and May 31. Children are being detained in cages or sent across the country as their parents await hearings – with some being sent here to Michigan. The trauma that has been inflicted on children, who are already traumatized by the violent situations that their families are trying to flee, is unacceptable.
Protecting our borders is important, and I believe we must all follow the appropriate protocols for gaining American citizenship, but we must not deliberately commit what equates to human rights violations. Immigration laws can be enforced without harsh zero-tolerance policies that break families apart. America is a great country and it offers many a new hope, as it offered me a new hope when I immigrated in 1988. But this administration’s immigration enforcement policies are absolutely un-American.