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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence’s statement on the Trump Administration’s Mistreatment of Children at the U.S. Border.

June 25, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement regarding the treatment of the migrant children being detained at the U.S. Southern Border:


“As a mother and grandmother, I cannot stand idly by and condone the mistreatment of minors held in cages in Clinton, Texas. I am simply appalled at what is happening to these children. The overcrowding, unhygienic and unsafe conditions that they are forced to endure are simply deplorable. It is wrong for babies to sleep on concrete floors and to refuse them simple toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes and clean clothes.


This country does not allow dogs to live in squalor. It is against the law to fail to provide basic care such as food, water and medical attention to an animal. Yes, I am saying that our animals receive better treatment than this administration is providing to these brown children. The fate these children have suffered is nothing short of abuse. An eight-year-old should not be forced to babysit toddlers, they are only children themselves.


I call on President Trump to end this senseless cruelty now. This is not our America. Our America nurtures children; our America ensures that children are fed; our America provides protections for children; our America keeps children healthy and safe. The House is doing its part by passing supplemental legislation to ensure funding is available to purchase any necessities the kids may need.


The administration’s cruel immigration policies and lawless behavior have exacerbated this humanitarian crisis, and they must be held to account. But we cannot let that stop us from acting on humanitarian aid. With that said, I implore the administration to return this country to civility and stop this disgraceful child abuse.”