Most of us can agree that when government assumes the responsibility for a child, it has an overriding commitment to care for that child and ensure the child’s safety and security. Our government is not living up to that solemn responsibility.
Last week, a bipartisan committee released a scathing report discussing the government’s abdication of its duty to protect the children in its care. This is not a new problem. Tens of thousands of immigrant children are in the government’s care, living in the homes of sponsors, with little or no oversight by the government to ensure that the children are safe and the sponsors are meeting their needs. This broken system already existed when the Trump administration decided to use family separation as a tool to discourage those seeking asylum from coming to this country. The President and his Attorney General did not make any effort to repair the system before overloading it with children forcibly separated from their parents. Indeed, they did not even have a plan for reunification. They showed, in everything they did, that they did not care at all about the children who would be impacted by their cruel policies. And thousands of children suffered harm, some permanent, as a result.
Tom McClintock supports this Administration’s treatment of immigrants, including the children permanently harmed by its cruel tactics. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.