VIDEO: Rep. Adriano Espaillat reacts to news that the Trump administration has lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Over the weekend, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) appeared on CNN’s New Day with host Alisyn Camerota where he discussed reports that the Trump administration has lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children and called it "a human rights crisis." Watch video here.
“Shame on President Trump and the administration for playing the blame instead of focusing on tracking down these youth,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “The Trump Administration has lost track of 1,500 immigrant children, and we must hold them accountable for reckless policies that continue to separate families and put young innocent lives at risk. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has reiterated that the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General and the agency's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties has failed to fully investigate and rectify reports of egregious abuse and neglect of these children. The administration cannot actively separate these kids from their parents at the border and then refuse responsibility by simply wiping their hands clean now that these children are missing. This is a humanitarian crisis, lives are at stake, and children could possibly be in danger. There should be congressional hearings held immediately to find out where these children are and let’s do whatever it takes to ensure these kids are protected from human traffickers, smugglers and people who want to do them harm.”