Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had just six simple words to say when he shared the news that President Donald Trump’s administration has no way to track migrant children who’ve been separated from their parents: “This is what evil looks like.”
This is what evil looks like. https://t.co/YMe6KjdsPt
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) February 4, 2019
Merkley was responding to an update from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that the Trump administration did not dispute a report that there “may have been thousands more separated kids” than originally reported.
BREAKING: Tonight the Trump administration filed documents that don’t dispute the recent report that there may have been thousands more separated kids. They’re arguing it would take too long to figure out where those kids are because they have no tracking system.
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 2, 2019
The ACLU, in addition to condemning the administration, announced that a court date has been scheduled for February 21.
This response is a shocking concession that the government can’t easily find thousands of children it ripped from parents, and doesn’t even think it’s worth the time to locate each of them.
We will be back in court on February 21.
— ACLU (@ACLU) February 2, 2019
The news stunned many who concurred with Merkley’s sentiments and amplified calls for the president’s impeachment and removal from office.
How is this not grounds for immediate calls for resignations, criminal investigations and charges? Trump and his cronies STOLE children! #WhereAreTheChildren
— NaomiPDX 🍩 (@NaomiOMy_) February 4, 2019
And they just intend to leave them seperated who knows where? Sickening, I am so sick of the liar in the WH & Tuesday he is going to have national coverage so that he can spew more gibberish & lies, meanwhile our Country & Earth are literally being destroyed.
— Jen (@littlepillows) February 4, 2019
Thank you Sen Merkley for keeping this horrendous tragedy in the forefront. Trump and Nielsen don’t care. Not even trying to locate these kids! To have separation with no way of tracking these kids is pure evil. Investigation and punishment are a must for those responsible
— cydney linden (@clinden) February 4, 2019
Honestly, this should be prosecutable. By an international court or something. The lack of a tracking system betrays their true intent.
— bev M.D. (@gardenbev) February 4, 2019
Merkley has previously spoken out against the Trump administration on the issue of family separation. On Friday, he announced that he would bring Albertina Contreras Teletor and her 11-year-old daughter, Yakelin Garcia Contreras, who were separated for two months after attempting to cross the U.S-.Mexico border, as his guests to the president’s State of the Union address.
“This child separation policy came from a dark and evil place within the heart of this administration,” Merkley said in a statement. He added:
“I’m bringing Albertina and Yakelin as my guests to the State of the Union because we need to bear witness to the suffering that this cruel policy inflicted, and resolve to make sure that nothing like this ever happens in the United States of America again.”