Joan McCarthy Lasonde released the following statement on the family separation crisis and immigration (6-20-18):
“It is wrong to separate families, legal or illegal, and I call on this heart-breaking practice to stop immediately. Whether it requires congressional action or an Executive Order from the President, our federal elected leaders must act immediately to return these children to their families and stop this separation from ever happening to more children again.
As related to this, two thoughts come to mind:
First, Congress must act to deal with illegal immigration as a whole. This problem has been unaddressed for far too long. Our country needs to find a way to help those who want to come to our country legally, to be able to do so.
Second, we have a similar, yet different problem, with children here in the United States. Here in Illinois we have over 18,000 children in the state foster care system. These children have also been separated from their families, having done absolutely nothing wrong to suffer this fate. These foster children in Illinois deserve our same outrage on their behalf, as long as it leads to action to find forever homes for these children.
As a foster mom, I advocate for these children lost in Illinois’ foster care system, and when I serve in the State Senate, I will continue to advocate for the over 18,000 children to help improve their lives.”