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Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on the Anticipated Reunification of Asylum-Seeking Children With Their Parents

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman released the following statements regarding today’s news that the two asylum-seeking children who were forcibly separated from their parents by U.S. immigration officials and then brought to Connecticut will be reunified with their families later today:

Governor Malloy said, “It should not take a lawsuit to convince President Trump to reunite the families his administration heartlessly ripped apart – nor should it take public intervention from governors, United States senators, and members of Congress. The president’s zero-tolerance policy, which is nothing short of child abuse, has caused unimaginable trauma that will doubtless harm these children and their parents for the rest of their lives. While it is good news that these children will be reunited with their parents today, they never should have been separated in the first place. It is a tragic footnote of Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency that he is far tougher on the most vulnerable people in the world than the brutal dictators he seems to idolize.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “Today is a proud day for the Connecticut federal district court and I’m grateful that the court sided with protecting the constitutional rights of these children and reuniting them with their parents. These children were tricked into being separated from their parents without a hearing. I’m heartened the federal court has stood up to defend these children’s rights, that the children are being reunited with their parents, and the federal government will pay for the treatment of their post-traumatic stress disorder caused by this separation.”

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