Statement on Family Separation at the Southern Border

It’s difficult to find the words to express the extent of my heartbreak, frustration, and anger at what’s happening on our border right now. Simply put, needlessly ripping children away from their parents is inhumane, ineffective, and unwarranted. This is not about partisanship or politics, it’s about people, it’s about doing what’s right, and it’s about who we are as a nation. We cannot allow this inhumane practice to continue. 

Families seeking asylum should not be broken up and used as bargaining chips in immigration negotiations. Keeping families together is the right thing to do and an issue elected officials and the American people overwhelmingly agree on. Congress should act immediately to end the practice of separating children from their families, and work together to find a humane immigration solution that protects our borders as well as the spirit of American values.