Marco Antonio Muñoz, 39 years old.
“They had to use physical force to take the child out of his hands.” Hours after being physically torn from his wife and 3 year old child and then incarcerated, Marco Antonio Muñoz was found dead by suicide in an isolation cell.
Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid, 6 years old.
“I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.” Alison was forcibly separated from her mother last week at a Border Patrol facility. In this audio, you can hear her cries and pleas, accompanied by what a Border Patrol agent jokingly calls an “orchestra” of distraught children without a conductor.
A terrified child without anyone to comfort her, 2 years old.
“She couldn’t have been more than 2 years old. Just crying and pounding and having a huge, huge temper tantrum. This child was just screaming, and nobody could help her.”
Colleen Kraft, head of the American Academy of Pediatrics visited a Texas shelter. There, Kraft saw a distraught 2 year old girl, crying and pounding her fists on a mat—and she could do nothing to help. Visitors and doctors aren’t allowed to touch or hug or console the children.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security
“We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”
“Why would I ever create a policy that purposely does that?”
The Washington Post factchecker gave this claim Four Pinocchios.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
“If people don’t want to be separated from their children, they should not bring them with them. We’ve got to get this message out.”
“Well, it’s a real exaggeration, of course. In Nazi Germany, they were keeping the Jews from leaving the country.”
You can read more of the personal stories of family separation here.
The Trump Administration is enforcing a barbaric and unnecessary policy of tearing families apart to send a message.
Send a message back.