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Lawmakers: separating families is "not who we are"

June 20, 2018 01:07 PM

ALBANY – Leaders from the Assembly Democratic Conference gathered to call for an end to the family separation policy.

“I don't even know how we got here..." said Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou from Manhattan, the Co-Chair of the Asian-Pacific American Task Force as she broke down. After gathering herself, she continued, “…separating families is just not who we are."

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She was one of many speakers to denounce the policy and the "Office of Refugee Resettlement” which has been removing children for the past six weeks.

“From segregation to slavery to the Chinese Exclusion Act, Trail of Tears, Japanese interment, we've been here and we knew that it's atrocious,” said Niou.

They all plan on participating on a National Day of Action on Saturday, June 30.

“This is a national nightmare and a national disgrace and it is not who we are and no immigrant, no person arriving on our shores should be treated in this way,” said Assemblywoman Pat Fahy of Albany.

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