SOMERSET, NJ - Elected officials representing Franklin Township expressed their concerns regarding the Trump administration's current policy of separating children from parents that illegally cross the US-Mexican border.
"As an American and a veteran, I am ashamed of the actions of the current administration regarding the separation of children from their parents, as currently adopted by our president," Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17 Middlesex/Somerset) said in a statement. "Such actions are both cruel and unwarranted behavior and must stop. I implore the president to reverse this policy immediately and not continue using children as his political hostages. This policy is neither legal nor morally correct and as a nation, we are better than this."
"Separating children from their families is not only unjust and inhumane, it is un-American," the Somerset County Democratic Committee said in a statement. The committee is calling on more community leaders in Somerset County to "denounce this repulsive behavior of the US Government."
Franklin Township Mayor Phil Kramer expressed his concerns on his Facebook page earlier this week in two separate posts.
"I try to keep my comments limited to the scope of my office," Kramer wrote in a Monday post. "In other words, limited to only what directly affects Franklin. There are however times when events compel me. When my nation, which I believe to be the standard bearer for human rights in the world, is responsible for separating children from their parents I can not remain silent. I am afraid we are losing sight of the ideals we represent. The use of this kind of treatment of children as a deterrent or a congressional strategy is disgraceful. This President has the power to stop it immediately. I call on him to do so now."
Kramer posted again on Tuesday.
"Pop quiz," Kramer wrote. "What do Republicans Sen Pat Robert's, Laura Bush, Sen Susan Collins, Sen Orrin Hatch, Sen John McCain, Sen Ted Cruz and Mayor Phil Kramer have in common. They have all spoken out against the practice of child separation at the border and want it changed now. It's time to step onto the right side of history."
"My heart breaks for the children," Franklin resident, Freeholder Deputy Director, Brian D. Levine said to TAPinto Franklin Township. "Family values is what I stand for."
American voters oppose 66 - 27 percent the policy of separating children and parents when families illegally cross the border into America, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Tuesday.
Republican voters support the separation policy 55 - 35 percent, the only listed party, gender, education, age or racial group to support it, the independent Quinnipiac University National Poll finds.
Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order to prohibit any state resources from being used to assist the Trump administration’s policy of separating the families of immigrants, according to a news release.
“Ever since our founding – and even before – our nation has been a beacon for families seeking freedom and yearning for a better life. President Trump has turned this promise on its head by doubling-down on his inhumane and cruel policy of separating families,” Murphy said in the release. “It has no basis in law or Scripture, no matter how many times the President, the Vice President, or anyone who tries to defend this policy tries to spin it. This is a matter of human rights, human dignity, and basic humanity.”
According to a moveon.org spin-off site, the New Jersey Faith Communities Against the Separation Of Families will meet in New Brunswick to take part in a June 30 D.C. March. TAP here for details.