UPDATED: Framingham City Council Condemns Immigration Policy That Separates Children From Parents

FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council voted 8-0-1 on a resolution Tuesday night condemning the “heinous ICE policy of separating immigrant children from their parents and legal guardians, and demands an immediate halt to this inhumane practice.”

The resolution was proposed by District 3 City Councilor Adam Steiner

District 6 City Councilor Michael Rossi abstained from the vote, stating he just received the resolution Tuesday night and did not have time to read it. District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard and District 9 City Councilor Edgardo Torres were not at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Shepard said she worked with Steiner on the resolution but could not attend last night’s meeting.

The resolution is similar to the one members of the Framingham Democratic Town Committee will vote on Sunday, which member Mike Hugo helped to draft.

The Resolution states the “Trump Administration began a program of separating children from their parents and legal guardians, and placing them in facilities far distant from those of their parents in October of 2017, and between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018, at least 2,700 children have been split from their parents. 1,995 of them were separated over the last six weeks of that window — April 18 to May 31 — indicating that at present, an average of 45 children are being taken from their parents each day.” And that the “rate of separations of children from their parents continues at a current average of 47 children per day.”

The Resolution states “such treatment of minor children constitutes a human rights violation. The conditions of housing include kennel-like cages, and the practice of chaining children to fences for extended periods of time.” And that “many of these families have come to the US lawfully to request asylum from violence and persecution in their own countries.”

“Activities of asylum-seekers are protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, their treatment as “criminals,” and separation from their children and incarceration without due process are unlawful violations of the civil rights of such families and asylum seekers, causing trauma that, in many cases, will result in life-long injuries,” states the resolution. “The crime the parents are being charged with is a misdemeanor.”

” The Framingham City Council calls upon its Federal Delegation, State Delegation, and Mayor Spicer to vehemently raise protest and bring awareness of this situation to the floors of their respective Chambers,” states the resolution.

“The Framingham City Council calls upon our Federal Delegation to take action in the House of Representatives and the Senate, seeking bi-partisan rectification of the issues raised in this Resolution.”

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Last updated at 9:25 a.m.

 

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