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California State PTA Opposes Trump Administration "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policy, Including Separation of Children, Parents

June 29, 2018

In a statement issued on June 20, the California State PTA called on the Trump administration to change course on immigration policy. The PTA statement said:

California State PTA believes that the new "zero tolerance" policy implemented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice must be halted. This immigration policy is tearing families apart, separating children from their parents and forcing them into vulnerable situations when there is no federal mandate to do so. This is cruel and inhumane.”

“California State PTA believes it is important to ensure the rights of children and parents are respected. This includes the right to remain together as a family unit.”

“California State PTA believes that it is in the national interest to ensure that all children, including undocumented children, have the opportunity to reach their full potential and become productive members of society. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics in its statement opposing the ‘zero tolerance’ policy, "Highly stressful experiences, like family separation, can cause irreparable harm, disrupting a child's brain architecture and affecting his or her short- and long-term health. This type of prolonged exposure to serious stress - known as toxic stress - can carry lifelong consequences for children."

“California State PTA calls on the U.S. Administration to stop the separation of children from their parents and families at the border. This cruel policy is unnecessary and unacceptable, particularly in a country like the United States that is a champion for human rights around the world. This policy will have long term effects on children separated from their parents, and it is reminiscent of other national policies of the past that have left a dark stain on our nation. The "zero tolerance" immigration policy and separation of families must end.”

Source: California State PTA

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