Statement on the Family Separation Crisis and Immigration (6-20-18)

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.”

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Statement in Commemoration of Juneteenth (6-19-18)

Joan McCarthy Lasonde, released the following statement in commemoration of Juneteenth (6-19-18):

“Today we commemorate that on this day, June 19th, back in 1865, the last slaves of African descent were finally freed two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation executive order (January 1, 1863), when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas after the end of the Civil War.

We celebrate this day, and we must continue to learn from our history, and recommit to making sure that no matter who we are or where we came from we are all created equal.  We need to respect each other and treat each other with dignity and kindness not in-spite of our differences in race, skin color, religion, gender or sexual orientation, but rather because of our differences.

It is unacceptable that modern-day slavery, exploitation and trafficking of humans still exists.  There is so much more for us to do to truly make all people equal, and today is a day to remind ourselves to not repeat the past and instead to make a concentrated effort to work towards being better neighbors dedicated to building better communities, better states, a better country and a better world.”

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