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DeLauro Statement on the Extent of the Trump Administration’s Abuse of Unaccompanied Children

October 30, 2020
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) released the following statement on reports that unaccompanied children have been held in custody for longer than a year, migrant children from other countries are being expelled to Mexico, and census data shows a drastic decline in the number of children in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) care:

“With each passing day, our eyes are further opened to the atrocities and child abuse committed by the Trump administration. Yesterday, Reveal News reported that at least 942 children have spent a year or longer in ORR shelters since late September 2014, the majority in 2018 and 2019. At least three children have spent most of their childhood, more than five years, in custody. We also learned that the United States is expelling children from other countries to Mexico. 

“The list of atrocities does not end there. A new report from ORR reveals a drastic decline in the number of children in ORR care: nearly 70,000 children arriving in Fiscal Year 2019 compared to a little more than 15,000 children in Fiscal Year 2020. These numbers show that Trump’s Title 42 order that shut down the border directly resulted in thousands of children being turned away, barring their entry into the United States.

“This is a systemic failure made worse by an administration with no moral compass, no compassion. They continue to commit government-sanctioned child abuse and inflict lasting, irreparable damage. I will continue to fight to end this pattern of Trump administration-induced trauma and hold perpetrators accountable.”