Shortly after President Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping the practice of separating immigrant children from their parents, advocates rallied near the New Haven Green to say it’s not enough.
Over the last week, images of adults and children being locked in cages at facilities caused Democrats, Republicans and even several former first ladies to speak out against the Trump administration policy.
President Trump says securing the border is a national security issue, and this issue puts him in a difficult position.
“If you’re really, really pathetically weak, then the country will be overrun with millions of people. If you’re strong, you have no heart. That’s a tough dilemma,” he said. “Perhaps I’d rather be strong, but that’s a tough dilemma.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the House will vote on legislation dealing with the separation practice on Thursday.
“Under this bill when people are being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border, families will remain together under DHS custody for the length of their legal proceedings,” stated Ryan.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said, in part, “Ending family separation would be a welcome and humane step, but the solution cannot be the immoral and unlawful detention and imprisonment of children. Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment.”
An email from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office on Wednesday also stated the following:
“We are aware of two children in Connecticut affected by the Trump administration’s separation policies.”
While the executive order should stop the separation practice, it doesn’t end the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.