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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Issues Statement on “Zero-Tolerance” Separation Policy

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Issues Statement on “Zero-Tolerance” Separation Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 6/20/18 – Today, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), released the following statement regarding the “zero-tolerance” separation policy:

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute urges our elected officials on both sides of the aisle to end the ‘zero-tolerance’ separation policy and reunite the 2,342 children along the U.S.-Mexico border with their parents immediately.

Separating families is immoral, inhumane, causes irreversible trauma to innocent children, and is at its core, contrary to the bedrock of American values. This nation was established by immigrants on the founding premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain, unalienable rights.

Honoring these founding principles, our elected officials face a serious responsibility to stand on the compassionate and moral side of history. Such responsibility should not be taken lightly! We call on our leaders to seize this paramount opportunity and take immediate action to end the cruel practice of tearing families apart and endangering innocent children.


The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. The nonprofit was established in 1978, by three Hispanic Members of Congress to ensure a diverse and inclusive leadership pipeline and is comprised of Hispanic/Latino Members of Congress, nonprofit leaders, and corporate executives guiding the Institution’s mission forward. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, and R2L NextGen program. For more information or to get involved, visit and follow @CHCI on social media.