Tucker objects to use of LRAFB for child detention | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Tucker objects to use of LRAFB for child detention

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 11:34 AM

Clarke Tucker, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress, stepped up his objections to Trump administration immigration policy today with a statement opposing use of Little Rock Air Force Base as a detention facility for children taken from parents at the border.

His statement:

Clarke Tucker, Democratic candidate for Arkansas’s 2nd Congressional District, today released a statement regarding recent news that Little Rock’s Air Force Base is under consideration as a potential migrant-housing facility, due to a surge of children who the United States government is now separating from their parents and families.

“The United States has long been the standard-bearer of democracy and freedom throughout the world, but sadly we are not living up to our core values right now,” Tucker said. “As a parent, I cannot fathom needlessly separating a child from their mother or father, and I cannot support using the Little Rock Air Force Base to implement this shameful policy. The fact that we would even need to discuss additional facilities to take care of the thousands of children being taken from their families is incomprehensible to me. Though Congressman Hill and I have genuine differences on a number of policy issues, separating children from their parents should not be one of them. We should not be needlessly ripping children from their parents — not in our state, not in our country."

Between October 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018 at least 2,700 children were taken from their parents, including 1,995 in the six-week period between April 18 to May 31 of this year.

“Arkansans are horrified,” Tucker said. “Members of Congress, Congressman Hill included, must find the courage to stand above party politics and do what is right, work to put an immediate end to the practice of separating families, and reunite families that have been torn apart. Then we can come together on comprehensive immigration reform that both secures our borders and creates opportunity for those seeking to work for a better life, especially those brought to the United States as children."

Monday, Tucker said of the Trump separation policy:

“This administration’s decision to separate children from their parents on our southern border is reprehensible, and it is easily one of the worst practices the United States government has engaged in during my lifetime
In multiple interviews, Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill has supported the Trump line in pointing blame at Democrats, who are in the minority in Congress, for the family disruptions and said law changes, rather than an executive order, were necessary as a remedy.

To date, only Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman and Sen. John Boozman among Arkansans in Congress have specifically objected to family separations. The Arkansas Republican Party, through chairman Doyle Webb, has unequivocally supported Trump's policy and, as he's done, dishonestly tried to pin the blame on Democrats. Sen. Tom Cotton has stridently supported the Trump detention policy.

There have been reports this morning that the Trump administration has officials at work on a policy to continue detention of families crossing the border, but not separating children from their parents.

Hill remains under cover.

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (8)

Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-8 of 8

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Frank Broyles remembered in film

    A 14-minute film on the late Frank Broyles, Razorback football coach and athletic director, is now online on the UA website.
    • Aug 14, 2018
  • Who knew? George Soros has targeted Arkansas!

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge regularly bends the truth to suit her narrative of the day, but she gets extra credit for dragging George Soros into her re-election campaign.
    • Aug 14, 2018
  • Rep. John Lewis coming to LR Sunday for Clarke Tucker campaign

    Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights legend, will visit Little Rock Sunday afternoon for a fund-raiser for state Rep. Clarke Tucker, the Democratic candidate for 2nd District Congress against Republican Rep. French Hill.
    • Aug 14, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • In the Ozarks: A look at an African-American monastic community

    KUAF's Jacqueline Froelich takes a look at a monastic community in remote Marion County, the Purple People.
    • Feb 27, 2018
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation