MALVERN — State Rep. Kristine Howard introduced a Pennsylvania House resolution that would officially condemn the Trump administration for cruel treatment of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“These children have been separated from their parents and placed in unsanitary, unsafe living conditions, locked in cages with little food, and at least five children have died while in the custody of federal agencies at the border,” she said.
The resolution must be approved to show that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives does not tolerate such treatment of innocent children, she said.
“These detention centers are designed to serve as short-term holding facilities; however, infants, children and teenagers are spending nearly a month in them,” said Howard, D-Chester. “In Clint, Texas, minors were detained for up to 27 days with little to no access to soap, food, water or proper health care. This is unacceptable.
“This horrifying treatment of migrant children has gone on since June 2018,” Howard said. “Despite the Trump administration’s promise to reunite separated families, conditions have not improved.
“To separate a child from his or her family in an unknown country, subject them to utter squalor and continually neglect their well-being and health is appalling. This country was founded because of people fleeing their homelands, so how can we treat families doing exactly the same thing in such an undignified and un-American manner?”
Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announced in June that resolutions are now subject to committee approval. It’s unknown to which committee he will refer the resolution.