NM Republicans Complicit in Missing Family Reunification Deadline

Just now, the Trump Administration admitted 700 children remain in custody, separated from their parents, having failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children ripped from their parents at the border under Trump and Attorney General Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” policy.

“Today’s deadline has come and New Mexico Republicans have failed the test once again. The Trump Administration’s zero-humanity policy will go down in history as one of the worst moral atrocities, not only for this administration, but in our country’s history,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Susana Martinez applauded this policy and Steve Pearce, Mick Rich, and Janice Arnold-Jones all responded with mealy-mouthed, half-hearted concern for the families the Trump Administration broke apart. New Mexicans and the families still incarcerated, separated, and suffering in detention deserve better than these cowards.”

Following his weak response to Trump’s inhumane zero-tolerance policies, Steve Pearce told a right-wing radio host that he “didn’t want to stick the President in the eye about it” with his statement, and parroted administration lies that the Flores agreement requires family separation. Pearce said unenthusiastically: “we made a comment, we didn’t want to stick the President in the eye about it but we made comment that separating kids from their parents is rarely a good idea. […] The Flores consent decree literally says that’s what has to be done.” [KKOB 6/25/2018]

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