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June 28, 2018 Press Release
"I am extremely concerned about the well-being of the thousands of children and infants who have been separated from their parents. Now that a court has ruled that the government must quickly reunite families, we must make sure the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services have a clear plan to quickly return children to their parents."
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June 27, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 will hurt working families and organized labor, but unions have persevered in the face of adversity before and will again.”
June 20, 2018 Press Release
"Most people would agree it’s a good idea to have a plan, especially when it comes to managing precious natural resources like our oceans. Not President Trump. His administration just abandoned the National Ocean Policy, leaving our oceans more vulnerable to climate change, overfishing, and changing chemistry."
June 20, 2018 Press Release
Wyden, Merkley, Bonamici, Blumenauer and Schrader call Trump treatment of asylum seekers “inhumane and un-American”
Sens. Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley and Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader today demanded Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen immediately reverse the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy that’s left asylum seekers dumped in federal prisons.
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June 18, 2018 Press Release
“We were there to see more than 120 men who came to the United States seeking a better life. Most were asking for asylum because they experienced violence or persecution in their home countries. Several had traveled to the border with a wife and a child or children; none knew where their family members are."
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June 18, 2018 Press Release
The 123 detainees from 16 countries are seeking asylum, and say they are sitting in limbo, with no information about hearings, lawyers, or what comes next
“The Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy is cruel and inhumane,” Bonamici said. “Criminalizing victimhood, endangering children, and ripping babies from the arms of their parents in a callous effort to deter further migration is despicable. No biblical rationale can justify these actions."
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June 13, 2018 Press Release
Calls for New, Long-Term Funding to Match Need
"People are dying every day because of the opioid crisis, and too many people have seen their lives and families ravaged by substance abuse. Legislation passed today by the House will take steps toward helping families, preventing opioid abuse, and increasing treatment and recovery."
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June 13, 2018 Press Release
Raises Concerns about For-Profit Online Charter Schools
"We have a moral and civil rights obligation to make sure that all children have access to a high-quality public education that includes great schools, great teachers, and great administrators. In Oregon less than half of the students who attend online for-profit charter schools graduated on time in 2016."
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June 12, 2018 Press Release
"Separating families as a punishment for seeking a safe future for themselves and their children through lawfully-established channels is deeply abhorrent and can lead to permanent harm to the health and well-being of these children. This approach is as cruel as it is misguided, and it should be abandoned."
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June 12, 2018 Press Release
Merkley, Wyden, Bonamici, Blumenauer, DeFazio and Schrader called for detainees to immediately be allowed access to legal services
“We are deeply concerned by reports that [Bureau of Prisons] and ICE are hindering detainees’ access to legal counsel, consular staff, and family communication in this facility. We request that you immediately allow detainees to access legal service providers through free telephone calls," the delegation wrote.
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