LJP Statement on the Executive Order on Family Separation Codifies Violations of the Rule of Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20th, 2018

CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, 212-739-7581, cperez@latinojustice.org

New York, NY - President Trump has implemented an unnecessary "Zero Tolerance" policy that separated children at the border from their families. As a result of this, immigrants who have fled trauma or violence are faced with further trauma and heartbreak. Trump now wants to undo the harm his administration created by way of an Executive Order. Below is LatinoJustice's response to the Executive Order on Family Separation.

"Today's Executive Order seeks to solve the crisis on the border. Instead, it continues the violation of the civil rights of families at the border. The policy of family separation already forced the trauma of prison upon countless families while also separating them from loved ones and today's announcement is mandating that those same families can stay together in prison under 'indefinite detention,' a policy that directly conflicts with a 1997 court decree that mandates that children cannot be held for more than 20 days. The fact that the Executive Order specifically requests indefinite detention shows just how lost this administration is as it relates to the trauma that immigrant families face. Placing children and their families in prison is not a solution to our immigration policies," said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

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