Connolly to offer Amendment Prohibiting Trump Administration From Separating Families At The Border

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Washington, May 17, 2018 | comments
Following recent press reports that the Trump administration is considering housing children who are separated from their families at the border on U.S. military bases, Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) announced he would offer an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits this cruel policy.

“It’s heartless and shameful that the Trump administration is ripping families apart and even considering keeping kids who are separated from their parents at the border on U.S. military bases,” said Congressman Gerry Connolly. “My amendment to the NDAA would stop this cruel policy.”

It has been reported that the Trump administration is considering four bases in Texas and Arkansas to house these children. This follows last week’s comments by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly defending the administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the border, saying “"The children will be taken care of — put into foster care or whatever. But the big point is they elected to come illegally into the United States and this is a technique that no one hopes will be used extensively or for very long."

Text of the amendment is available here.
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