Adriene Holder, Attorney-In-Charge of the Civil Practice at The Legal Aid Society, released the following statement today responding to President Donald Trump’s announcement that his Administration will terminate the policy of separating immigrant families who cross into the United States at the Mexican border:
“After spending several days attempting to justify the unjustifiable, the President has at last ended his reprehensible practice of separating families and inflicting trauma on children and parents seeking asylum. This practice runs contrary to the values and principles that America has long stood for, and it has eroded our moral standing throughout the world.
The President must immediately prioritize reuniting the thousands of children scattered around the country who were abruptly separated from their parents at the border. But we call on him to go further and to rein in his Attorney General, who is recklessly waging his own war on immigrants by undermining decades of settled immigration law and policy. And we call on Congress to finally pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a clean DREAM Act as well as measures to provide pathways to permanent residence and eventual citizenship for undocumented individuals.”