Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., blasted the Trump administration for continuing to hold children separated from their parents who entered the U.S. illegally at the southern border.
“If they are not reunited within a certain amount of time parental rights can be terminated and they can be put up for adoption,” she said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“Can you imagine years from now looking for their birth parents and the only reason they were put up for adoption is because of our policy?”
She claimed in other cases, some parents are being forced to pay to be reunited with their kids.
“If you get deported there are examples of parents who have been told you have to pay $1,500 because we’re going to fly your kid home along with a chaperone. That’s a lucky parent that knows where their child is.
“The only reason you should ever separate a child from their parent is if there is documented abuse or neglect. Not as punishment or as a deterrent. It’s a complete misuse of the child welfare system.”
And she noted: “We treat animals better than this.”
President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, said Thursday she agreed that the separation of families was a “low point” for her father’s administration.
“That was a low point for me as well. I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children,” she said.
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