What suburban members of Congress are saying about Trump immigration policy

Updated 6/18/2018 5:53 PM

Here's what U.S. Congress members from the Chicago suburbs are saying about the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border with Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, 5th congressional district:


Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, joined colleagues this month in urging the Department of Homeland Security to restrict use of funds to separate families.

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, 6th congressional district:

The Wheaton Republican criticized the policy during an appearance Monday in Arlington Heights.

"The Trump administration needs to reverse course immediately," Roskam said while attending the opening of a new facility for Northrop Grumman.

"It makes no sense to separate parents from their children. Any parent can recognize how much emotional distress this would create."

"I think the separation of children from their families is abominable," he said.

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, 8th congressional district:

Krishnamoorthi, a Schaumburg Democrat speaking at the same event, said, "I don't think any American of any faith would find the separation to be moral under any of their scriptures. This is really wrong. We have to end it now."

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"It's something the Trump administration has control over and they have to end it now. It's not American, it's not consistent with our values.

He said on Twitter on Monday said he's requesting hearings into how the policy came into effect.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, 9th congressional district:

Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat, linked on Twitter Monday to an Op-Ed in The Washington Post by former First Lady Laura Bush, which strongly criticized the policy.

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, 10th congressional district:

Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat, called the policy "shameful."

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, 11th congressional district:

The Naperville Democrat said the policy is "disturbingly immoral."

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, 14th congressional district:

In response to questions Monday from the Daily Herald, the Winfield Republican issued a statement in support of keeping parents and children together.

"I am troubled by the situation at the border, and I am pleased the House is working on legislation for DACA recipients that would include changes so parents can remain with their children while they undergo the process for their case. I welcome such a solution and will be looking closely at legislation expected to come before the House as soon as this week," Hultgren said.


U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin:

Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, also linked on Twitter Monday to the Op-Ed by Laura Bush, calling on Republicans to halt the policy.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth:

"Separating families to inflict trauma on children and parents seeking asylum in America is wrong, plain and simple," Duckworth said in a statement Monday.

"No one is forcing the Trump Administration's hand here. Donald Trump, Attorney General (Jeff) Sessions and (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary (Kirstjen) Nielsen are making a conscious and completely unnecessary decision to rip children from their families under the guise of 'strong law enforcement' and lying to the American people about it. There is nothing strong about tearing families apart--it is inhumane, it is morally bankrupt and it goes against the values of this country."

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