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Foster Statement on Visit to Detention Center for Immigrant Children

Jul 10, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after his visit on Monday to a detention center in Chicago, Illinois for immigrant children who have been separated from their parents. 

“I visited this facility to get a first-hand look at the care these children have received and to find out where they are in the unification process with their parents,” Foster said. “The professional staff of Heartland Alliance are providing much needed care for the children, but these children should never have been put there in the first place. The Trump administration concocted their cruel ‘zero-tolerance’ policy with zero thought or care given to the long-term trauma the separation would cause. I strongly encourage all administration officials to work as quickly as they can to reunite these families and pledge to ensure this situation never happens again.”