Child Separation Policy
I have been fighting the Trump Administration’s child separation policy and working to reunite separated children with their families. Since last year, when this issue first became public, I have been seeking information on a bipartisan basis that would help reunify these children.
The Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy sought to deter those seeking refuge in the United States by separating thousands of vulnerable children from their parents and placing them in federal custody. This cruel plan will not make our country safer and will have lasting and devastating impacts on these children.
As Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, I am working to hold the Administration accountable for the inhumane treatment of children and fighting to make sure families are reunited as soon as possible. Our Committee held a hearing and issued its first subpoenas seeking to get information from the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services that would help protect the children that are separated. The subpoenas our Committee issued require the agencies to produce specific categories of information about each separated child.
When our own government rips vulnerable children, toddlers, and even infants from the arms of their mothers and fathers with no plans to reunite them, that is government-sponsored child abuse. I am fighting to end our country's shameful treatment of these vulnerable populations and reunite all separated children with their parents and loved ones.
The Dream and Promise Act
In the 116th Congress, I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, in the House of Representatives. This legislation would provide DREAMers, who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own, with crucial protections and provide a path forward for individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status.
Following the Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2017, it is crucial that Congress secure protections for DREAMers. The Dream and Promise Act would grant DREAMers conditional permanent resident status for 10 years if they meet certain conditions. The legislation also includes a path to citizenship for DREAMers and would allow DREAMers to obtain lawful permanent resident (LPR) status by getting a degree, serving in the military, or by having a job. The bill would expand educational opportunities for DREAMers and make it easier for them to obtain in-state tuition.
The bill would also allow for individuals with TPS and DED status to secure permanent residency in the United States. This will assist people who are currently living in the United States and left difficult and dangerous situations in countries such as El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. After five years as a permanent resident, these individuals would become eligible to apply for citizenship.
More on Immigration
In the November 2018 election, the American people demanded that their representatives in Washington fight for them and for what affects their lives on a day-to-day basis. They entrusted us to draft and pass legislation to do such vital things as protecting their healthcare, lowering their drug prices, guarding their right to vote, and making government accountable to them. Leaders in the House have introduced important legislation on these issues and more.
Washington, D.C. (June 27, 2019) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to concur with the Senate’s Amendments to H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019:
Washington, D.C. (May 2, 2019) – Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) introduced the Waiver Accountability and Transparency Act to rein in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) excessive use of waivers to allow immigration detention facilities to circumvent critical federal standards. The legislation requires waiver documents to be publicly posted online and submitted to Congress, establishes time limits for waivers, and mandates that the ICE Director signs off on all waivers.
Washington, DC (February 5, 2019)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight, President Trump tried to strike a reconciliatory note that has not been supported by his actions. He called on Democrats and Republicans to work together in a bipartisan manner, but over the past two years, he has sown division and demanded that he get exactly what he wants.
The congressman who could become President Donald Trump’s recurring political nightmare has photos on his office walls of himself with anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, pathbreaking boxer Muhammad Ali and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.
Each were fighters of a sort, and Rep. Elijah Cummings says he is, too. The Baltimore Democrat’s battles usually involve pushing back as best he can on Trump administration policies and practices.
Baltimore, MD (January 30, 2018)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address:
“The American people witnessed a failed sales pitch tonight. President Trump tried to paint a pretty picture, but it does not reflect the grim reality our country faces under his Administration.
January 8, 2018—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans in September 2019 and urging the passage of legislation to codify protections for Salvadorans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and other TPS recipients living in the United States:
Washington, D.C. (Mar. 6, 2017)—Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) issued the following statement on President Trump’s second attempt to ban Muslims and refugees: