Congresswoman Jackie Speier heads to ICE detention centers
Criticism is growing over the Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents who are undocumented immigrants arrested at the border. Now a delegation of lawmakers, including California Congresswoman Jackie Speier is heading to the border to see what’s going on.
Nearly 2,000 children have been taken away from their families since April when the Trump administration announced a new zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Speier says, “It is in many cases illegal, and in all cases inhumane. You do not separate children from their parents.”
Speier wants a firsthand look at what is happening in the detention camps. Images released by the Department of Homeland Security of chain-link cages are fueling outrage among Democrats and Republicans. Heartbreaking Audio from ProPublica captured crying children asking for their parents.
Former First Lady Laura Bush calls the administration’s policy cruel, but San Francisco Republican leader Howard Epstein believes the forced separation is a necessary evil.
“I really wish there was another way to do this, but it’s necessary. We can’t keep having people coming into the country illegally,” said Epstein.
President Trump continues to blame lawmakers on the other side of the aisle, tweeting “It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Border Security and Crime.” Speier believes the President is using the situation as leverage. “He does appear to be using this issue as a bargaining chip to get his wall which is not going to play well.”
Speier hopes the congressional trip to the border will shine a spotlight and compel the President to revoke the policy. But Epstein is skeptical. He says “I think this is a great anti-trump photo op for them, and nothing’s going to come of it. “
Speier says the 20 members of Congress, mostly women, are scheduled to arrive in McAllen, Texas on Friday.
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