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First Lady Cathy Malloy: Trump Policy Separating Families Must End

(HARTFORD, CT) – First Lady Cathy Malloy released the following statement in response to the inhumane Trump administration policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the border:

“Over the past several days, I and so many other Americans have watched in horror as our government – under the direction of this president – forcibly rips babies and very young children, including those with intellectual and physical disabilities, from the arms of their parents. We have heard the unanswered screams of terrified toddlers crying for their mothers. We have seen images of people locked in cages as if they are feral animals. And we have watched as administration officials have lied, made excuses, passed the blame, and tried to buck responsibility for a cruel and heartless policy of their creation. I am angry; I am sickened, and I can no longer remain silent.

“The scene at the southern border is eerily similar to some of the darkest days in our nation’s history – including the internment of Japanese Americans and government-sanctioned segregation against people of color. We are better than this, as Connecticut has shown. We welcomed refugees when other states turned them away. We passed the TRUST Act to bring our undocumented neighbors out of the shadows and made our communities safer. And we made higher education accessible and available to Dreamers. Those policies not only make Connecticut a better, more welcoming state, they make our communities safer, and they should be a model for the nation.

“Donald Trump’s aptly-named ‘zero tolerance’ policy will neither deter immigration nor will it strengthen our border. Instead it will irreversibly traumatize some of the most vulnerable children and families in the world. History will not be kind to those here in Connecticut or nationally who equivocate, apologize, or otherwise enable this cruelty. It must end, now.”

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