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Democratic lawmakers blast Trump administration for appalling treatment of immigrant detainees

April 7, 2019
In The News

In a scathing attack on the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have called them xenophobic, abhorrent, un-American, and have pledged to protect the human rights of those seeking refuge and asylum in the US.

A congressional briefing titled “Detentions, Hunger Strikes, Deported to Death,” held Tuesday on Capitol Hill, highlighted the horrors faced by civil immigration detainees under Trump who has made reshaping the US immigration system a top priority. The event was hosted by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), an outstanding advocacy organization always in the forefront when it comes to pressing issues impacting the community, in partnership with immigrant justice groups.

At the Capitol Hill briefing, Suzanne Bonamici who represents the congressional district housing the Sheridan prison bemoaned, “Far too often, I hear from Americans who are horrified by the Trump administration’s treatment of people seeking safety at our border. I am grateful to South Asian Americans Leading Together and others for bringing continued attention to the Trump administration’s terrible detention and enforcement policies,” she said.

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