WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us President Todd Schulte issued the following statement today after a federal judge issued an injunction requiring the reunification of more than 2,000 children with their parents after being forcibly separated under the Trump Administration’s family separation policy:
“Taking 2,000 children away from their parents as part of a ‘zero tolerance’ policy is un-American and wrong. It is absolutely critical for everyone to understand that the future of young kids held in federal custody remains uncertain as there is still no clear plan on how children ripped from their parents’ arms will be reunited, including parents who have been deported without their children.
“Tuesday’s preliminary injunction is only a temporary measure that can be overturned at any time, and not the permanent solution that families fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries deserve. The Trump Administration should immediately roll back the inhumane ‘zero tolerance’ policy and instead take real action to keep these families together.
“We should be realistic too. There is a ton of work to be done to make sure this happens. We urge everyone to get involved – be it by calling Congress, attending a rally this weekend or by supporting great groups doing work on this crisis.”
Tuesday’s injunction orders the Trump Administration to reunite children under the age of 5 with their parents within 14 days, and all other children who have been separated from their parents within 30 days. It also requires the government to stop deporting parents without their children, and orders that detained parents must be allowed to speak to their children on the phone within 10 days.