Senator McGuire’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy Separating Children from Families

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s immigration policy separating children from their families:

“The Trump administration’s heartless and expanded policy of separating children from families arriving at the border is cruel, inhumane and indecent, even by Trump standards.

Tent cities for children. Children in cages and baby jails. Parents being deported without their children. It all sounds too horrific to be true. But it is true – and it must stop immediately.

I condemn President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in the strongest possible terms. They have created this nightmare, lie about it, and defend the indefensible.

It is true that we need comprehensive immigration reform – reform that has been blocked at every step of the way by the President. But the tragedy unfolding before us right now is a humanitarian crisis that must be stopped. These children cannot wait on congressional gridlock, partisan politics or the cynical gamesmanship of this President and his accomplices.

I will be working with members of the Senate in the coming days to put the entire weight of the State of California behind efforts to end this barbaric practice.

In the meantime, Mr. President, all it takes is one phone call from you to stop this madness: Do. It. Now.”