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Today, on the heels of Yazmin Juárez’s courageous, heartbreaking testimony in Congress about the death of her almost two year old daughter shortly after being released from ICE custody, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and other Senate Democrats introduced the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, a proposal to provide standards of care for treatment of children and families in detention.
According to Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America’s Voice: “As the Trump administration remains hellbent on terrorizing immigrants, separating families, traumatizing and abusing children and families, Leader Schumer, Senator Merkley and other Senate Democrats are proposing solutions, vital limitations on the out-of-control Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and necessary standards of care for immigrant families. The President’s cruelty is indefensible, his policies are nonsensical, inefficient, and simply making the situation worse. People need to know that there are concrete alternatives to Trump’s approach that will deliver sensible, humane, and effective solutions to the issues at our southern border that honor our values, make financial sense and prioritize resources, and will protect children and families and help to end the humanitarian crisis that the Trump administration created.”
According to Senate Democrats, the legislation would: