Statement from Senate Leader on Recent Immigration Enforcement

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement relating to some recent developments in immigration enforcement:

“Tearing children from the arms of their mothers does not reflect the values of our nation or who we are as Americans.

“Children, like the 7-year-old girl taken from her mother at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, are being used as pawns by the Trump administration to discourage undocumented entries into the United States.

“The mother and her daughter fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Mexico and surrendered to immigration authorities at the U.S. border right near where I grew up. They were seeking asylum.

“While her mother in still detained in San Diego, the little girl is now being held at a youth center in Chicago thousands of miles away.

“The mother could hear her daughter screaming from another room, ‘Mommy, don't let them take me!’

“Compassionless and callousness do not begin to describe the pain being inflicted on honest, hardworking families by President Trump and the zealots driving his immigration policies. This type of inhumane treatment, resembling that of a rogue nation, is now public policy for the United States of America. 

“Tearing families apart and inflicting grievous psychological harm on young children should never be condoned in the greatest nation on earth.   

“It was no surprise the Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear the Administration’s arguments to end the DACA program. This is what happens when a President pursues policies from the darkest corners of his heart and not from the U.S. Constitution.

“However, a Supreme Court decision today adds to the plight of immigrants by ruling that bail hearings do not have to be offered to those detained by immigration officials while awaiting a decision on their immigration case – a process that could take years.

“My office has also been closely monitoring the ICE raids currently happening across California and we stand ready to protect the human rights of any law-abiding working families who may be caught in the President’s hateful deportation machine.”