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Faso speaks on child separation issue

Jun 21, 2018 12:45 pm
William J. Kemble reports in The Daily Freeman that Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook) spoke both in favor of President Donald Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents, and released a statement applauding the end of that policy June 20. He also did not address the child that's being held in his district in Kingston. “He’s talking about a law that exists on the books that says if someone is arrested, they have to be put in a facility and that facility can’t have children. So, in that sense, he’s correct,” said Faso on CNN. “But in the overall context of this situation, he’s not correct because, right now, we should act, Democrats and Republicans, to change the law, and he should act to end this policy.” Later in the day, Faso released a statement that said, “I am pleased the president reversed his decision on enforcing the law in this manner. The next immediate step we must take is reconnecting separated parents and children as quickly as possible, and I will be working to ensure that is taking place.” National reports indicated that the thousands of parents and children already separated won't be reunited, and that only families arrested after the order was signed will be kept together in custody. Reports this week indicate that eight-year-old migrant Abel Alexander Orantes-Lopez is being held in Kingston at the Kingston Children’s Home while his mother is in Seattle. Read the full story in The Daily Freeman.