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29 Jun 2018

City Council members call for end to family separations and indefinite family detention

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June 29, 2018 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District)

Last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd Dist.) put forth a resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents after being detained at the United States border, and opposing the use of family detention as inhumane. The resolution was drafted in collaboration with Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez (D-7th Dist.) and Councilmember-at-Large Helen Gym, and co-sponsored by Councilman-at-Large Derek Green, Councilman Mark Squilla (D -1st Dist.), Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (D- 3rd Dist. ), Councilman Bobby Henon (D- 6th Dist.), Councilwoman Cindy Bass (D-8th Dist.), and Councilwoman Cherelle Parker (D-9th Dist.).

“This is not a Democrat or Republican issue to me, it’s a human issue. What has been happening in youth detention centers along our southern border with Mexico is immoral, inhumane, and un-American, period,” Johnson said. . “I don’t believe President Trump’s Executive Order replacing family separation with family detention will improve living conditions we’ve seen pictures of for children and their families at the border, or here in Pennsylvania. We need to do better as a country. We can uphold our laws without indefinitely detaining families in deplorable living conditions.”

“This administration’s policies of family separation, detention, and deportation are un-American,” said Quinones-Sanchez. “Families seeking refuge and a future here are not a threat, and this disgraceful treatment is an assault on our values.”

“History will judge us based on what we do in the face of child abuse and fascism, and this moment calls us to choose what’s right—keeping families together,” Gym said. “Jails are not a proper place for any child or family. I join the calls of advocates to end both family separation and mass detention of children and their parents.”

City Council voted to pass the resolution, 15-2.

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