Sanders Statement on Trump Family Separation Executive Order

WASHINGTON, June 20 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing his administration's policy of separating families at the southern border:

"President Trump’s executive order merely replaces one inhumane act with another. In response to the overwhelming public outrage at his administration’s policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border, this administration thinks the appropriate response is to indefinitely detain families. This executive order is an affront to our moral values and runs afoul of our nation’s laws. When you have the most powerful nation on earth saying that it is acceptable to detain families indefinitely, you are sending a signal to countries around the world that this is how they can treat immigrants and minorities. I am hopeful that, as we have seen with other racist and xenophobic Trump policies, the courts will step in to rein in these unlawful actions."