House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led the attack by saying that the president was merely replacing one kind of child abuse with a different kind of abuse.
“The President’s Executive Order seeks to replace one form of child abuse with another,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Instead of protecting traumatized children, the President has directed his Attorney General to pave the way for the long-term incarceration of families in prison-like conditions.”
Pelos quoted a statement from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops saying that both Republican immigration legislation proposals “perpetuate child detention and undermine existing protections relating to such detention.”
Using terrified small children as leverage to push the President’s anti-immigrant agenda represents an unspeakably appalling moral low-point for our nation,” she added. “Yet, House Republicans continue their complicity in the President’s atrocities and cravenly cheerlead the President’s policy.”
“Still cruel and inhumane”
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) posted a statement declaring, “This isn’t over.”