Lowey, Congressional Delegation Tour NY Facility Holding Separated Immigrant Children

June 29, 2018
Press Release

Lowey, Congressional Delegation Tour NY Facility Holding Separated Immigrant Children

DOBBS FERRY, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) was in Dobbs Ferry today for a congressional tour of Children’s Village—one of four facilities in Westchester County holding immigrant children separated from their families at the border by the Trump Administration. Following the tour, Congresswoman Lowey issued the following statement:

“I have been gravely concerned that 327 of the separated children have been flown roughly 2,000 miles from their families to shelters here in New York, including Children’s Village.   Shelters like Children’s Village provide vital services for vulnerable children, but the Trump Administration’s decision to put 2,000 miles between children and their families will make it much harder for families to be reunited quickly.  Worse, the Administration has presented no realistic plan to reunite families, and has shown no urgency in addressing this crisis. 

“In Congress, I am doing all I can to prevent the Trump Administration’s cruel policies and reunite families.  As the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, I am working to ensure that the Department of Health and Human Services is meeting the health needs of these children and has the direction and resources to send children from shelters to the care of a loved one, which is in the best interest of the child as well as the taxpayers. 

“This past week, the Appropriations Committee was supposed to debate a bill that would fund HHS, including the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which manages the care and potential reunification of children.  At the bill’s markup, a number of amendments were to be offered that would have forced the Administration to release a plan to address family reunification, and provide reports on the care of children, their contact with parents, and more.  Unfortunately, rather than debate these amendments in public, House Republican Leadership decided to cancel the markup, for the second time in a week, to avoid this debate. 

“The Trump Administration’s abdication of leadership and lack of urgency proves they have no plan to address this crisis of their own making, and House Republicans are letting them off the hook.

“Intentionally traumatizing children by using them as bargaining chips for a wasteful border wall is a shameful chapter in our nation’s history. And make no mistake: there will be lasting consequences of the Administration’s cruelty– for these children, for their families, and for the reputation of our nation.  It is imperative that these misdeeds are rectified without delay so children and their family members can begin to heal from the Administration’s unconscionable policies.”

Joining Congresswoman Lowey were Reps. Eliot Engel (NY-16), Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), Grace Meng (NY-06), and Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL).