WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, government watchdog Accountable.US released a report outlining the senior Trump administration officials involved in and responsible for separating immigrant families at the border, many of whom came to the U.S. seeking asylum. The family separation policy is seen as the most inhumane and cruel policy implemented in the last four years. The report is the first step in the organization’s Hate for Hire campaign that aims to ensure that these officials are not able to take refuge in the nation’s leading universities and boardrooms, whitewashing their reputations and landing cushy jobs after their horrific actions.
Thousands of children were ripped from their parents’ arms, detained in cages, abused, and mistreated under Trump’s family separation policy. Some even died. The administration’s management of the program was so poor that more than two years after its implementation, it has failed to reunite more than 600 children with their parents.
The watchdog will also run online ads to put a spotlight on the many top officials seeking opportunities to paper over their role in family separation policy and to ensure that they fail to do so.
“Just because the Trump administration is out of power does not mean the individuals responsible for implementing its cruel and horrific family separation policy should be forgotten or accepted back into polite society with open arms,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “On the Trump administration’s watch, immigrant children were ripped from their parents and abused. Hundreds of families still haven’t been reunited. We cannot allow the officials responsible for these heinous practices to be normalized in cushy corporate boardrooms and university lecture halls.”
More information about the campaign is available on hateforhire.org.