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Voto Latino responds to the Department of Homeland Security’s May Border Numbers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security released last month’s numbers detailing a 435 percent spike of family apprehensions at the southern border. Early last month, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began enforcing Donald Trump’s most inhumane policy to date with the separation of immigrant children from their families, a punitive policy that has since been criticized by the United Nations human rights office.

In response, Voto Latino President and CEO María Teresa Kumar issued the following statement:

“The latest DHS numbers shed light into this administration’s cruel and unusual tactics while it promotes a white-nationalist agenda under the guise of national security. The Trump administration’s failure to recognize the influx of immigrants as a refugee crisis is intensifying the crisis at the border. We call on this administration to stop the separation of families and treat these individuals according to the UN Refugee guidelines that our nation helped craft. The dehumanization of immigrants of color to sow division and score cheap political points absent actual thoughtful policy must stop.”