‘What Do You Call a Country That Institutionalizes Child Abuse?’: Democrats Hold Sit-In Demanding End to Trump Family Separation Policy

Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Corruption, Government, Policies, Politics with 2 Comments

“Every hour that goes by is another hour of trauma for these moms, dads, little boys, girls, and babies.”

By Jake Johnson, staff writer | Common Dreams

“What do you call a country that institutionalizes child abuse? Tragically, today, we call it the United States of America,” said Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) from the steps of the CBP building in the nation’s capital. (Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal/Twitter)

As the heart-wrenching story of a Honduran mother having her baby daughter ripped from her arms by federal authorities as she was breastfeeding provided yet another example of the immense cruelty of President Donald Trump’s family separation policy, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Wednesday led a sit-in outside the offices of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) demanding that asylum-seekers be released from government detention and reunited with their loved ones immediately.


“Every hour that goes by is another hour of trauma for these moms, dads, little boys, girls, and babies,” Jayapal—who was joined in the act of civil disobedience by a group of House Democrats and immigrant rights activists—wrote on Twitter.

“What do you call a country that institutionalizes child abuse?” added Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) from the steps of the CBP building in the nation’s capital. “Tragically, today, we call it the United States of America. As a mother, as a grandmother, as the proud daughter of two immigrant parents, we will not stand for that… We will fight until we win.”

The House Democrats’ sit-in comes just days after Jayapal visited a federal detention facility in Washington, where mostly women asylum-seekers told her one horrifying story after another about awful living conditions at Border Patrol facilities, abuse they’ve experienced at the hands of immigration authorities, and the pain of being separated from their young children.

In a speech on Wednesday, Jayapal—who last week called for Trump’s family separation practices to be completely defunded—vowed to continue fighting for migrants who are being detained unjustly and denied a fair hearing.


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  1. Adman says:

    This policy was started under Obama as a way to justify open boarders
    Trump is trying to deal with and change it but the left and congress wont
    The children who are being seperated from parents because their parents are being held for a court date in a dention center because of previous deportations and or felony
    Would you rather the children be incarcerated with parents?

  2. kerr.ingham@yahoo.com' Robert Charles Kerr says:

    If Democrats are so opposed to this defacto policy of separating children from parents, and the trauma it creates, Then WHY do the Democrats stand behind the laws that lead to defacto separation of fathers from their children in divorce cases?
    Right now, in a divorce (in Michigan, and in may other states), the defecto standard policy of Friends of the Court, is that one parent gets custody, and the other parent only gets to visit the children one evening (4 hours) a week, and every other weekend. In one county here, they have even gone further, and determined that when schools break for the summer, the non-custodial parent loses those visitation periods in exchange for a single full week over the summer break.

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