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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Separating Immigrant Mothers and Children Is Horrific

HeadlineJun 11, 2018

The news of Muñoz’s death comes as resistance is mounting to the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border. Washington Congressmember Pramila Jayapal blasted the administration after visiting women asylum seekers detained at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: “Half or more of these women had children that were forcibly separated from them. They were never given a chance to say goodbye to their children. The vast majority of these mothers do not even know where their children are. … What I saw was absolutely horrific, what I saw and heard. And we have always had problems with the criminalization of immigrants, but this is a new low, to take folks who are asylum seekers and throw them into a facility, not provide them with any access to basic human rights and, worst of all, to separate mothers from their children.”

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