For Immediate Release
June 21, 2018
Karen Holcomb Merrill
LANSING—The Michigan League for Public Policy issued the following statement on President Trump’s executive order on the separation of families. It can be attributed to Michigan League for Public Policy Kids Count Project Director, Alicia Guevara Warren.
“President Trump’s executive order does nothing to reunite families who have already been torn apart. We know that some kids have been relocated to Michigan and are now hundreds of miles away from their loved ones. We ask, what is being done to put them back into the arms of their parents? You can’t un-ring a bell, and President Trump and others can’t undo the horrible trauma they’ve inflicted on thousands of children and families.
Further, this order from the president does not change the fact that families are being thrown in jail. Together, yes, but jailing families is not a solution. We should examine how we can help kids and families find refuge from the persecution they face—we should be helping them find hope and freedom after they have faced unspeakable treatment in their home countries. People who seek freedom in our nation are not criminals.
We urge those in power to prioritize compassion over campaign jargon. We at the Michigan League for Public Policy and the Kids Count Program believe that children and families come first, and that Michigan’s leaders should find a solution that not only brings families together, but provides them dignity, humanity and hope.”
The Michigan League for Public Policy, www.mlpp.org, is a nonprofit policy institute focused on economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way.