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Bonamici Demands Families be Reunited, Offers to Volunteer at HHS

July 11, 2018
Press Release




WASHINGTON, DC [7/11/18] –  Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) called out the Trump administration for missing a court-ordered deadline to reunite more than 100 children under the age of five with their families.



You can watch a video of Bonamici’s remarks on the House floor here.


“If the problem is that these agencies are understaffed, then I’ll come over to the Department of Health and Human Services and volunteer to help,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “I’m sure many of my colleagues would join me.”


She shared the stories of Latino and immigrant community leaders in Oregon, who met with her on Monday to discuss how the Trump administration’s actions are harming communities.


“They spoke of unprecedented fear, families torn apart, and children who are afraid to go to school,” Bonamici said. “And they spoke about why people come to the US in the first place: to make a better life for themselves and their children. As Miriam Corona of Yamhill County said: there is no greater gift of love than to leave everything you know for your children’s future.


“That’s why my grandparents got on a boat in 1921 and crossed the ocean from Italy. It’s why many people are now fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico: to make a better life for themselves and their children, and oftentimes to save their children’s lives. That is what we stand for as a country: a better life.”


The Congresswoman recently led 79 colleagues in demanding the Trump Administration explain its plan for complying with the court order to reunite families. She was also an early leader in pressing Health and Human Services for answers about its role in separating families at the border.