“Squad” leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposed that U.S. taxpayers should take care of illegal separated children by providing mental health support for life.
“Even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days you have already created life long lasting trauma,” Ocasio-Cortez argued.
From The Guardian:
Speaking at an immigration town hall in her home district, the New York Democrat also called for the abolishment of the Department of Homeland Security and discussed her belief that Donald Trump should be impeached.
It “chills me to my core”, she said, to think about the impact Trump administration immigration policy has had on the lives of thousands of children.
Thousands of children were separated from their parents at the southern border last year, under a “zero tolerance” policy meant to deter migrants from Central America. The policy was dropped amid international outcry but its effects have been lasting: an unknown number of children have been separated from their families.
“Even if you separate a kid from their parents for two days you have already created life long lasting trauma,” Ocasio-Cortez said, speaking to about 250 people at the Nancy DeBenedittis school in Corona, Queens.
She continued: “And it chills me to my core to think about 20 years from now, when these kids grow up, the story that they will have about America. That is exactly why we cannot allow this administration to define immigration policy within the United States. This is something that I think is going to have to take a 9/11-style commission.”
When there is a Democratic Senate and a Democratic presidency, Ocasio-Cortez said, the government should convene a special commission into child separation, aiming to reunify as many children as possible and to find out every detail of what happened.
The body she was proposing, she said, would work “just like the 9/11 commission did when they said what went wrong?” before the terror attacks of 11 September 2001.
“The 9/11 commission,” she said, “they were charged with the investigating and making sure they dug out every nook and cranny of what happened and how it happened in our system. And I think that that kind of study is what’s going to be required in order to reunite as many children with their parents as possible. That’s the work that we have to do.”