November 12, 2019

ICYMI: Trump Administration Detained More Children Last Year Than Any Other Country

Press Release

This month, reports confirmed nearly 70,000 migrant children have been detained in U.S. government custody over the past year. This unprecedented number of detained children—enough to overflow a typical NFL stadium—includes infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers.

In response, Families Belong Together Chair Jess Morales Rocketto released the following statement:

“The U.S. threw 70,000 children into cages under Donald Trump’s administration, detaining more children than any other country in the world. Thousands have been traumatized, ripped away from their families, and at least six children have died preventable deaths in custody—all while the government lawyers argued they weren’t worthy of soap or toothbrushes. They cannot be trusted with the welfare of children and families—Congress must act to end these abuses immediately.”


The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.

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