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Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Releases Statement Following Executive Order Addressing Family Separation at the Border


WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement after the President signed an executive order to keep immigrant families together at the border.

“Anyone with a soul can see how separating families and detaining children for weeks in warehouses is inhumane.  Fortunately, children will not continue to be separated from their parents at our border.  However, the President’s executive order does not go far enough to correct the atrocity he created.  Make no mistake, the administration is still attempting to detain asylum-seeking families indefinitely, even though the law is clear.  The government cannot keep children in detention for more than 20 days.  

“It is even more disturbing that the order does not address the crisis of thousands of children in detention now, or how they will reunite them with their families.  The President and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services must go back to the drawing board and figure out a way to reunite these families.  

“America was once a nation that compassionately welcomed immigrants.  We know there are more humane ways to enforce our immigration laws than the false choice of either separating families or indefinite detention.”