Monday, June 18, 2018
CONTACT: Ian Silverii, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: With a humanitarian crisis unfolding on the nation’s southern border as thousands of children are being forcibly separated from their parents and housed in facilities that meet the literal and moral definition of internment camps, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest multi-issue progressive advocacy organization, called on every Republican candidate for governor to immediately denounce the Trump administration’s new policy.

“Taking innocent children from their families and placing them in internment camps is wrong. Full stop,” said Ian Silverii, executive director of ProgressNow Colorado. “We can have a secure border without taking malicious actions against families to attempt to gain political leverage.”

What is being done on our southern border in the name of all Americans runs counter to the most basic American values,” said Ian Silverii. “Not since our nation ordered the displacement and internment of Japanese-Americans into camps during World War II have we witnessed such a gross violation of human rights on American soil as the Trump administration’s new policy of separating parents from their children at the border.”

“Every leader in America has a moral obligation to speak out right now against what the Trump administration is doing to immigrant families,” said Silverii. “Walker Stapleton, who is seeking the Republican nomination for governor by touting Tom Tancredo’s endorsement and running on a single-issue platform of “ending sanctuary cities”, must tell the people of Colorado if he supports Donald Trump or members of his own family like First Lady Bush who have condemned Trump’s child separation policy. Victor Mitchell, who bills himself as the ‘nice Trump,’ Doug Robinson, and Greg Lopez must also immediately take a stand against this unconscionable policy of separating children from their families and locking them inside abandoned Wal-Marts.”

“This is a moment of truth for the Republican Party, and our nation as a moral authority in world affairs,” said Silverii. “This isn’t about partisan politics anymore, it’s about whether the United States will have the credibility to tell any other nation that their actions violate fundamental human rights in the future. We can have a secure border without taking malicious actions against families for political leverage, and no member of Congress should be using children as a bargaining chip in immigration talks. And if we want to leave a nation to our own children they will be proud of, we must all condemn this outrageous Trump administration policy regardless of party affiliation.”