A.G. Underwood Joins Coalition Of 21 Attorneys General Demanding Sessions End Illegal And Cruel Immigration Tactics That Harm Children & Undermine Public Safety

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June 19, 2018

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A.G. UNDERWOOD JOINS COALITION OF 21 ATTORNEYS GENERAL DEMANDING SESSIONS END ILLEGAL AND CRUEL IMMIGRATION TACTICS THAT HARM CHILDREN & UNDERMINE PUBLIC SAFETY

Today, New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood joined a coalition of 21 Attorneys General calling on United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the Trump administrations cruel and illegal attacks on children and families lawfully seeking asylum in the United States as they seek protection from domestic, sexual, and gang violence. In recent weeks, the federal government has separated thousands of asylum-seeking children from their parents, and reclassified the protective status of international domestic violence survivors. In a letter to Attorney General Sessions, the coalition of state Attorneys General demanded that the administration immediately stop putting children in danger by separating them from their families.

The Trump administration is tearing children away from their parents just to further a draconian political agenda. This is not only inhumane and totally unconscionable it also undermines our public safety, said Attorney General Underwood. This is not who we are as a country, and our coalition of Attorneys General will continue to act to protect the people we serve and the rule of law.

The Attorneys General write, Put simply, the deliberate separation of children and their parents who seek lawful asylum in America is wrong. This practice is contrary to American values and must be stopped. We demand that you immediately reverse these harmful policies in the best interests of the children and families affected.

The letter continues, These practices directly interfere with the efforts of our offices and other law enforcement officialslocally, nationally, and internationallyto prevent and prosecute crime. In most states, Attorneys General are responsible for enforcing laws that include human trafficking, drug trafficking, and gang violence offenses. As you are keenly aware, these issues are rarely local in context, rather they require the efforts and collaboration of law enforcement officials across both state and international borders to prevent the widespread and syndicated perpetration of these crimes.

The letter was led by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and signed by the Attorneys General of New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.