For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
AFSCME Condemns Immoral Trump Policy of Separating Children from Parents at Southern BorderWASHINGTON —
AFSCME President Lee Saunders issued the following statement announcing AFSCME has co-signed a complaint to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights in response to the Trump administration’s inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border:
“AFSCME members make caring for families and communities their life’s work. From social workers to nurses to school bus drivers to first responders, public service workers do not choose their profession just to support their own families, but to keep all children and families healthy and safe. Like the vast majority of Americans, we are horrified by the Trump administration’s immoral policy of forcibly separating innocent children from their parents at the border. As parents, public service workers and American citizens, we cannot bear to see these injustices carried out in our name.
“This inhumane policy is a cruel choice that does not make us safer, and it does not make us great. There is no law that mandates traumatizing children, only the prerogative of this president. AFSCME has co-signed a complaint to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights, and we join the bipartisan calls for basic human decency: Mr. President, end this policy today.”