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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: July 1, 2019 03:49 PM
From: Representative Kristine C. Howard
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: Condemning the Trump Administration’s Treatment of Migrant Children
 
Last June, many of us were horrified to learn of the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy that separated migrant children from their parents and caretakers after setting foot on American soil. Our horror intensified when we learned that thousands of these children were kept in cages with little food and nothing more than a foil blanket to keep them warm.

One year later, very little has changed despite the administration’s promises to reunite the separated families and end this cruel and traumatizing practice. Recent eyewitness reports claim that the children being kept in detention centers are living in absolute squalor with no access to basic sanitary products like soap, inadequate food and water, and no health care. Although these detention centers are designed to be short-term holding facilities, it was found that in Clint, Texas, 250 infants, children, and teenagers had been detained for up to 27 days. No child deserves to live in such inhumane conditions for one day let alone 27.

President Trump has wrongfully characterized the individuals seeking asylum at our border as criminals in an attempt to dehumanize them and justify his administration’s abhorrent behavior regarding their, and their children’s, treatment and detention. As state representatives, we may feel helpless when our nation is facing a humanitarian crisis such as this, but we can send a strong message to the president condemning the unacceptable and abusive treatment of innocent children.

Please join me in co-sponsoring my resolution which takes a stand against the Trump Administration’s unethical migrant detention policies. If you have any questions, please contact Takesha Latham in my Harrisburg Office at (717) 783-4088.



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