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Dems Continue to Push Despite Executive Order

Dems Continue to Push Despite Executive Order

Former President Barack Obama made an impassioned plea in a Facebook post on Wednesday asking, “Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms, or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together? Do we look away, or do we choose to see something of ourselves and our children?Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asking for the department’s plan to return children to their parents. “As if separating families was not traumatic enough, we are now learning that parents are being deported without being reunited with their families. Without an explicit plan, there is a grave risk that these parents and children may never be reunited again.” Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) on Wednesday wrote to the president also asking about reuniting the currently separated children with their parents. All 24 Energy and Commerce Democrats sent a letter to full Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) demanding an immediate hearing on the wellbeing of the children being forcibly separated from their parents and families and placed into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). “These children are at serious risk of suffering harm and severe trauma, and it is of utmost importance that we hear from all parties involved in their care to ensure that HHS is taking every step necessary to protect their safety and wellbeing.” Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) sent a letter to António Guterres, UN Secretary General, requesting that the UN send humanitarian observers to the United States to investigate the administration for separating families on the border. Lee wrote, “I urge you to send experts from relevant UN agencies to observe conditions in both Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) facilities both at the border and throughout the more than 17 states around the country that are now housing children who have been separated from their families.” And Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) reached out to Trump in hopes that the president and First Lady would join him “on a tour of one of the facilities where these separated children are being held so that you can see firsthand the impact this process is having on these innocent children.”

Nydia Velázquez Wants Students to Hear the Music

Nydia Velázquez Wants Students to Hear the Music

Michelle Obama Heads to Scotland

Michelle Obama Heads to Scotland