NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The New Orleans City Council and the Archbishop of New Orleans are reacting to the Department of Homeland Security enforcement of a policy that forcefully separates immigrant children from their parents at the border.
A statement issued on behalf of the council by Vice President Helena Moreno demanded an end to the policy.
"The Trump Administration is perpetrating a heartless violation of human rights right here in America," said Council Vice President Helena Moreno. "These innocent children are being terrorized in our name, and I simply won't stand for it. This evil must stop immediately, and these children must be reunited with their parents without delay."
New Orleans City Council President Jason Williams echoed Moreno's statement.
"I will continue to publicly condemn the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' enforcement of their new immigration policy to separate families," said Council President Jason Williams. "Forcibly separating children from parents as a matter of course is inhumane and unnecessary, and as an African American and a descendant of American slaves, this policy is evocative of some of darkest days in this countries young history. This policy is truly self-inflicted wound, and like many we have seen from the current administration, is antithetical to American values and basic humanity."
The council's resolution calls for an end to this policy and immediate reunification for those children separated. Copies will be sent to the entire Louisiana Congressional Delegation, the Attorney General, and the President.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond released the following statement regarding the policy:
Around 30 people holding signs gathered across the street from the Convention Center Monday to protest the policy as well as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions who was addressing the nation's sheriffs. Five protesters were detained on Convention Center property. They were given a court summons for trespassing.
DHS officials report more than 1,995 children have been taken from their migrant parents at the border over a six week period. Many are being detained at warehouse facilities along the border.