Aug 16 2017
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on today’s deportation of Maria and Eusebio Sanchez, who have lived law-abiding lives in the United States for 23 years and will now be forced to leave three of their children behind:
“After living productive lives in this country for 23 years, Maria and Eusebio Sanchez will be deported today. All possible avenues to delay their departure have been denied by the Trump administration in what I believe is an act utterly devoid of humanity.
“My heart is broken for Maria and Eusebio, their family and our community.
“This is a travesty, plain and simple, and evidence that Donald Trump’s immigration policy is nothing more than a hateful deportation program targeting law-abiding families. It’s shameful and stands against the very ideals upon which this country was founded.
“Since Donald Trump took power, the Department of Homeland Security has refused to exercise discretion in immigration cases, even when compelling humanitarian factors are front-and-center. By deporting Maria and Eusebio Sanchez, the administration admits it will refuse to distinguish between criminals and families, proving once and for all that all undocumented individuals and families are priorities for deportation.
“This is a senseless, callous policy, and it’s heartbreaking to see in action.
“I’ll continue to do everything I can to fight for the Sanchez family and all families across the country who have been so callously targeted. This is a disgraceful day for America.”