Kamala Harris called for catch and release for woman and children at the border.
Democratic and female lawmakers are trying to widen the border’s catch and release loopholes by portraying women and children as the most pitiable victims of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
“This administration is clearly decided that they’re going to attack women, children, and their families,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at a Thursday press event. “The government should be in the business of keeping families together not tearing families apart.”
“My office is flooded with stories of moms who are literally screaming as their children are ripped from their arms,” said Reps. Pramila Jayapal, (D-WA). “When the attorney general says he’s going to institute a new policy at the border that literally tears children from their mothers we know that it is shameful,” Jayapal said.
Catch and release is the unofficial name of a protocol that has been followed by immigration enforcement agencies in the United States under which people caught in unlawful immigration status are released while they wait for a hearing with an immigration judge.
Harris also knows that due to the 1997 Flores settlement law requires families that are kept together to be released the families after 20 days, even if their legal cases are still being processed.