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Diverse groups condemn rescinded family separation policy

Associations across sectors decry suspended practice of splitting families at U.S.-Mexico border; ‘This is not who we are’

June 22, 2018
By William Ehart and Walt Williams

Associations representing industries ranging from nursing to manufacturing were among the many critics who blasted the Trump administration’s now-rescinded policy of separating children from parents found crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and some of those same groups were not pleased with the president’s proposed solution.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order June 20 halting the separations, although the order could conflict with a 1997 court ruling that children cannot be detained for more than 20 days. In the time leading up to the reversal, groups ranging from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the American Medical Association decried the policy.

“Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government,” Chamber CEO Tom Donohue said in a statement. “There is no other way to say it, this is not who we are and it must end now.”