House Democratic Caucus Urges Utah’s Congressional Leaders to Reunite Families, Find Fair Solutions for Undocumented Immigrants 

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: 
June 19, 2018

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1568 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

House Democratic Caucus Urges Utah’s Congressional Leaders to Reunite Families, 
Find Fair Solutions for Undocumented Immigrants

SALT LAKE CITY – Today the House Democratic Caucus called on Utah’s members of Congress to do everything they can to stop the Trump Administration’s cruel and unnecessary policy of breaking up immigrant families.  Democrats urge Utah’s Congressional leaders to support legislation that not only ends this terrible family separation policy, but also legislation that gives the nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. a fair and reasonable pathway to citizenship.  

“We are a nation of laws, but also a nation of compassion and common sense,” said House Minority Leader, Representative Brian King, District 28. “The separation of nearly 2,000 families in the past six weeks is heartbreaking.  While it is good that all of Utah’s Congressional leaders now agree with us that this administration’s “zero tolerance” policies are wrong, we want to see action and not just words. We want to see a plan for how the administration will reunite these families. We also want to see proposals for providing a pathway for legal citizenship, as well as reasonable border security.”  

“This goes against everything we stand for as Utahns,” said Representative Angela Romero, District 26. “Keeping kids in cages is wrong.  Period.  Everyone who has a child of their own should be shocked and angered by what is going on.  The degree to which this administration is unapologetic, and shamelessly trying to justify its actions is astonishing.  There is no place for this in our country.”

“For our government to separate small children from their parents, with no plan or process for reuniting them, is not just immoral, it’s unamerican,” said Representative Karen Kwan, District 34. “We need to remember that immigrant families want what we all want. We want a safe place to live, free from violence.  We want a promising future for all of our children.  We want opportunities to work and earn a living.  Simply wanting a better life is not a crime.  We have to do better than this, or we are failing as a society.”  


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