For Immediate Release
Republicans Own Trump’s Cruel Family Separation Policy
WASHINGTON - CREDO released the following statement in response to Republican attempts to blame Democrats for Trump’s family separation policy:
“The images and stories coming from the detention centers near the border are both heartbreaking and infuriating,” said CREDO Campaign Manager Nicole Regalado. “They are heartbreaking because separating families fleeing persecution is a heartless, immoral policy that will forever scar not only the lives of thousands of children and their parents but our democracy,” Regalado said. “They are infuriating because Trump intentionally manufactured this humanitarian crisis in a craven attempt to gain leverage in a legislative fight,” she continued.
“The fact is, Republicans in Congress have the power to put a stop to Trump’s cruel family separation policy today,” Regalado said. “Democrats have coalesced around legislation that would immediately halt this barbaric practice,” Regalado continued. “All we need now is for a handful of Republicans to find their conscience and stand up to the Trump regime,” she said. “Strongly worded statements and Tweets are insufficient,” Regalado added. “Congressional Republicans must use the power of their votes to stop Trump’s inhumane assault on human rights.”
Details on CREDO’s grassroots campaigns opposing Trump’s family separation policy can be found below.
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150,000+ PETITION DHS: STOP SEPARATING FAMILIES AT THE BORDER: CREDO’s petition to Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reads: “Separating families at the border is inhumane and unnecessary. Stop this cruel practice immediately.” The petition can be found here.
145,000+ PETITION CONGRESS: STAND UP FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: CREDO’s petition to Congress, which launched on Thursday June 14, reads: “No child should be ripped from their parents arms. Pass the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protection for Separated Children Act now to protect the human rights of immigrant children and families in detention.” The petition can be found here.
VIRAL VIDEOS VIEWED BY MORE THAN 9 MILLION PEOPLE ON FACEBOOK: CREDO’S viral videos on family separation feat. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sen. Kamala Harris, Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Joe Kennedy III have reached 17 million people, been viewed over 9 million times and have been shared by over 230,000 people on Facebook alone. Highlights include:
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal condemns Trump’s family separation policy
- Sen. Jeff Merkley denied entrance to Texas detention center
- Rep. Joe Kennedy III exposes the truth behind Trump’s family separation policy
- Sen. Kamala Harris tells it like it is: Trump’s immigration policies are a human rights abuse
$800,000 IN DONATIONS TO IMMIGRANT RIGHTS GROUPS: CREDO is also a major funder of immigrant rights groups. Through CREDO’s monthly donations program, the company has donated more than $800,000 to leading immigrant rights groups including United We Dream, America’s Voice, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Council of La Raza, Mijente, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Migrant Legal Action Program, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Detention Watch Network and American Immigration Law Foundation.
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