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June 22, 2018
In the last week, we have heard an outcry from Americans across the nation, including Alaska, in passionate opposition to the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy for people attempting to enter the U.S. from the southern border to seek asylum.
Because of other federal laws in place, this policy resulted in separating children from their parents at the Mexican border, with no assurances of when they would be reunited. Since May 5, more than 2,300 migrant children were separated from their families. It is un-American to separate families. The religious, business, and political communities from all spectrums support ending this practice.
Thanks to widespread public opposition and in an unprecedented maneuver, President Trump reversed his decision and issued an executive order yesterday to end this practice. I signed a letter with 20 of my colleagues thanking him for this change in policy (for more information, read the press release and letter). In effect, the executive order would detain whole families together when stopped at the border, rather than separate children from their parents.
Families who arrive at the southern border are often fleeing life-threatening situations and persecution. The United Nations Human Rights Office said the policy of separating children from their families is a serious violation of children’s rights, and it also violates the UN Refugee Convention.
Rep. Tuck brought daughter Penelope along to a speaking engagement this week.
The psychological ramifications of indefinite family separations are boundless. Many of these parents are simply trying to start a new life somewhere with more opportunity for success and a better quality of life, as many parents across the nation have done.
The simple American value of prioritizing family safety and health rings true in all 50 states. While this is a step in the right direction, there are continued concerns about how this order will be implemented. I am hopeful this will help fuel a productive conversation in Congress to consider a reasonable immigration law compromise that will lead to increased safety and opportunity for all, including immigrants and their children.
Contact information for Alaska’s Congressional Delegation is listed to the left if you would like to make your voice heard.
I’m here for you, so please keep in touch on matters important to you and your family!
DOT Open House: Dowling/Seward Highway Interchange Reconstruction
Stop by the Dimond Center Hotel (700 E Dimond Blvd) on Wednesday, June 27, from 4pm to 6pm to learn more about a proposed construction project in the district. This will include replacing the Dowling Road / Seward Highway interchange to accommodate the projected increase in traffic over the next two decades.
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