Organizational Statement | NAPABA Condemns the Separation of Children and Parents at the U.S. Border

Organizational Statement

For Immediate Release
June 20, 2018

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NAPABA Condemns the Separation of Children and Parents at the U.S. Border

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s cruel “zero tolerance” enforcement policy of referring all non-port-of-entry-border crossers for criminal prosecution.

According to news reports, during the past several weeks over 2,000 undocumented children have been separately detained from their families after entering the United States. The adults are sent to criminal detention for prosecution while the children are placed in separate detention centers, treated as unaccompanied minors, and undergo removal proceedings.

This practice of separating families at the border is cruel and inhumane. Family separation should not be used as an immigration enforcement strategy and deterrent to migration. Detaining vulnerable children and separating them from their families is damaging to the well-being of the children, can create lasting trauma for families, and violates due process rights. NAPABA strongly urges the Administration to abandon this inhumane practice that is contrary to our values as Americans.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of almost 50,000 attorneys and over 80 national, state, and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members include solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal services and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government.

NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of color in the legal profession.

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