Governor’s Advisory Commissions Urge Reunification of Immigrant Families

June 26, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission for Women, Commission on Latino Affairs, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and Commission on African American Affairs stand together in denouncing the Trump Administration’s policy that has resulted in the long-term separation of children from their families at the southern border. The commissions issued the following statement:

“The use of children as political pawns is inhumane, intolerable, and morally wrong. By ripping children away from their families, the United States has created a level of trauma that is heightened further by language and cultural barriers, and that puts these children on a path of enduring physical and mental health problems.

“This is not who we are. The United States is a compassionate nation that respects basic human rights and welcomes immigrants fleeing oppression — we proudly proclaim ‘[g]ive me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’

“Our commissions urge Congress and the Trump Administration to find a path to return these children to their families as expeditiously as possible.

“Please contact your members of Congress and demand that they oppose these practices and any immigration bills that would result in the separation of children from their families. Please also contact the Pennsylvania Immigrant Resource Center or HIAS Pennsylvania to learn more about how you can help. For more information about childhood trauma and victimization, contact the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.”

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