Audrey denney condemns family separation at the border, urges congress to action


June 21, 2018

CHICO, CA — Audrey Denney, congressional candidate for CA-1, issued the following statement after President Trump signed an executive order regarding the forced separation of immigrant families at the southern US border:

“The most vulnerable among us are not, and must never be, used as tools for political gain. I strongly condemn this administration’s forced separation of immigrant children from their families. This is a question of humanity, not partisanship. It is time for representatives to work together to create a pragmatic, long-term, and compassionate solution to immigration.

Today, President Trump wielded executive power to issue an Executive Order over what needs a permanent legislative solution. While it by no means resolves the crisis, it is a sign that the President can be moved on this issue–and others–when people come together to demand decency in the way we govern. I am inspired by every American who cast aside partisan differences to uphold our values of justice and empathy.

I want to represent the 1st district in Congress so that we can work together to pass comprehensive legislation on immigration reform that addresses both the needs of asylum seekers and the reality of illegal immigration. To that end, I urge Congress to seize this moment to unite behind a definitive bill that will end the separation of immigrant families once and for all. Any bill considered must make reunification of already separated families a priority. We can secure our border without sacrificing our humanity.”

Following the introduction of the Keep Families Together Act in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Audrey Denney endorsed the legislation. If passed into law, it would end the practice of family separation and require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a process to reunite families. Most crucially, it would defer criminal prosecution of asylum seekers until their claim for asylum is resolved, as this process is what triggers many of the family separations in the first place. Denney also endorses the similarly named Senate bill introduced by Senator Feinstein.