Over the past few weeks, several people have spoken out against President Trump’s policy that separates children from their immigrant parents and Democrat Elijah Cummings blasted the Republican party for not addressing the issue.
During a White House hearing held on Tuesday centered around Hillary Clinton’s emails Maryland Rep. Cummings was very vocal about the ridiculousness of the investigation surrounding Clinton’s deleted emails instead of discussing family separation on the border.
“Are we really going to sit here—70 members of the Congress of the United States of America in 2018—and have a hearing that just repeats the hearings the Senate had yesterday on Hillary Clinton’s emails,” the Democrat asked officials. “At this point I think it’s crystal clear that the only answer Republicans will accept is that Hillary Clinton must be guilty. They will keep going on and going until they get that answer. Even if the facts will never support it. And even if multiple independent reviews come to exactly the opposite conclusion.”
Cummings pointed out that 2,000 children are being held at the border away from their families and almost broke down into tears as he continued on.
“If you believe people entered our country illegally, even if you believe they have no valid asylum claims in their own country, even if you believe immigration should be halted entirely, we all should be able to agree that in the United States of America, we will not intentionally separate children from their parents,” he added.
The Maryland Rep. express that no child deserves to be kept away from their loved one and the United States should be ashamed of their recent policy. “What country is that?” he asked.
Many of the children are scared and volunteers who are helping the children are running out of resources according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I was just thinking of all the privilege I’ve had in this world. I was getting chills thinking about these children who are being ripped from their parents … to all of a sudden be in Michigan?” I just think that we can all make a change,” Van Overbeke, a college adviser at Michigan State University told the news outlet.
Cummings said while gesturing towards his Republican colleagues, “Understand this, this was a policy invented, implemented and executed by President Donald Trump. So in conclusion, Mr. Chairman, we need… those children need you.”
He continued, “We need you to join us in telling him that we reject this mean policy. We need you to tell him to abandon this policy. We need you to remind him that this is the United States of America and it is a great country. And we need you to stand up for those children.”