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'We have hit an all-time low as a people and a country'

Caribbean-American congresswoman outraged over separation of children from parents at US border

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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NEW YORK, USA (CMC) — Caribbean-American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has joined intensified outrage in the United States over the Trump Administration's decision to separate migrant children from their parents at the US border.

“There is no act lower than ripping innocent children from the arms of their mothers,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, in an interview with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on Sunday.

“We have hit an all-time low as a people and a country,” added the representative for the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn. “It is one of the most inhumane, cruel acts that could ever be taken by the Trump administration.

“As a second-generation American, the daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, I take these assaults on immigrant communities personally,” Clarke continued, stating that she has been “a staunch advocate for immigration rights, from fighting for a clean Dream Act, aggressively advocating to keep families together to keeping vulnerable children with their parents, and fighting the Trump administration on its revocation of DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] and attacks on Diversity Visas.”

In addressing what she described as “the racist, xenophobia of the Trump Administration”, Clarke said she has also advocated for the ASPIRE Act, a bipartisan bill to provide individuals who have received Temporary Protective Status (TPS) legal permanent residency.

“This administration has no bounds, even children don't seem to matter,” the congresswoman said. “Therefore, I vow to continue to fight ferociously, along with my colleagues, against these grave injustices; and we don't plan to stop until justice prevails.”

Amid the profound outrage, US President Donald J Trump on Saturday reiterated what political analysts and observers say is his erroneous claim that Democrats were responsible for his administration's policy of separating migrant families arrested at the US border.

“Democrats can fix their forced family break-up at the border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!” said Trump in a twitter post on the weekend.

On Friday, the Trump Administration announced that close to 2,000 children were separated from their migrant parents in a six-week period, concluding in May, as part of its “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.

In expressing outrage over the Trump Administration's new policy, Democrats have said that the separation of children from their parents at the US border is just of the incumbent administration's making – that they had not enacted any law or rule in that regard.

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