MICHELLE LEE CALLS FOR END TO “ZERO TOLERANCE” ASKS REPUBLICAN OPPONENT TO REJECT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION POLICY
Michelle Lee, a leading Democratic candidate for 8th District Congress in Minnesota, is asking the Trump Administration to end its “zero tolerance” policy that has seen thousands of children – including infants – removed from the care of their families along the southern border of the United States. In making this request, Lee has joined with each of the living First Ladies – including current First Lady Melania Trump – and some of the nation’s most respected religious leaders who have labeled the forced separations cruel, inhuman and totally without regard for American values.
Lee also is requesting that her Republican opponent, Pete Stauber, reject and renounce the Trump Administration policy in advance of President Trump’s visit to Duluth on Wednesday. “Pete Stauber should publicly let the President know that his administration’s policy of forced separation is not the type of family value we hold dear in the 8th District or Minnesota,” said Lee. “Pete Stauber should immediately join with Republicans who have called on Mr. Trump to immediately stop this tragedy occurring along our southern border. How dare anyone support using these children and infants as pawns in a game of political chess. These are people’s lives,” Lee added.
News media reports have documented the forced separations of children from their parents, leading First Ladies Laura Bush, Roslyn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Michele Obama and Melania Trump to each voice opposition to the policy. Religious leaders such as Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, and Franklin Graham have demanded an end to the practice.
“It is a national tragedy and an American embarrassment to witness what amounts to daily acts of terror on our southern border,” said Lee. “I know there are millions of Americans and citizens worldwide who thought they would never see these forced acts of separation again in their lifetimes. And yet, we now have children being forcibly taken away from their parents with a promise of a shower, only to be taken to detention camps with no idea when and if they’ll ever see each other again. This is not our America.”
Lee will join with other DFL candidates today and tomorrow as they participate in peaceful demonstrations designed to register voters for the August and November elections, and to educate citizens on the issues that distinguish DFL candidates from the policies of the Republican Party. “It’s increasingly clear,” said Lee, “that this election cycle will have long-lasting implications. When someone suggests there’s little difference between the two major political parties, look no further than the values we’re seeing play out along our southern border. We are better than this and the time to stand up is now.”