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Correcting The Record On Family Separation

Mike Reed - June 15, 2018

Correcting The Record On Family Separation

“I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law… That’s the Democrats’ law. We can change it tonight. We can change it right now.”
- PRESIDENT TRUMP

FACT: President Trump has said he “hates” family separation and repeatedly said he wants to change the law to end separation and finally secure our border.

  • President Trump, today: “The children can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and immediately. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation. I hate it. I hate to see separation of parents and children.”
    • President Trump: “We can’t do it through an executive order.”
  • President Trump, June 5: “Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats. Border Security laws should be changed…”
  • President Trump, May 26: “Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from their parents once they cross the Border into the U.S….”

FACT: Congressional Democrats own family separation by repeatedly voting against common sense fixes to our immigration system that would make American communities safe.

  • In February 2018, Senate Democrats blocked legislation which would have cracked down on dangerous sanctuary cities.
  • In 2017, 174 House Democrats voted against legislation which would have helped ensure aliens associated with a gang are not admitted into the U.S and empower officials to remove those already here.
  • In 2017, 166 House Democrats voted against Kate’s Law, named after Kate Steinle who was killed by a previously deported illegal alien with a lengthy criminal history.

FACT: These children are given shelter and quality care by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement provides medical care and educational services to these children.
  • Children are provided temporary shelter, and HHS works hard to find a parent, relative, or foster home to care for these children.
    • A parent who is released from custody can be a sponsor and ask HHS to release the child back into their care.
  • These children still can apply for asylum and other protections under U.S. immigration law.
  • Parents can still communicate with their children through phone calls and video conferencing.
  • Claiming these children and their parents are treated inhumanely is bunk and disrespects the hardworking men and women at the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

FACT: The real victims are American families, who are losing their loved ones to brutal crimes committed by criminal illegal immigrants.

  • Juan Pina was permanently separated from his daughter after she was strangled, raped, and murdered by an illegal alien.
  • Laura Wilkerson was permanently separated from her son, who was brutally murdered by an illegal alien classmate.
  • Julie Golvach was permanently separated from her son, who was shot and killed at a traffic light by an illegal alien who had previously been deported.
  • Melissa Oliver-Storz was permanently separated from her father, who was murdered by a previously deported illegal alien.

FACT: When illegal immigrants cross the border, they are committing a crime and will be prosecuted.

  • By choosing to cross the border illegally, and often in dangerous circumstances, illegal immigrants are the ones who are putting their children at risk.
  • A 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found nearly 3 million criminal arrest offenses tied to incarcerated criminal aliens, including 25,000 homicide offenses.
  • Drugs have flooded across our porous borders, poisoning communities, and costing lives.
  • Gangs like MS-13 take advantage of our open borders and the loopholes in our immigration system, including by trying to recruit unaccompanied alien children (UACs).

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