Trump White House a “den of deceit” and “morally bankrupt”
June 21, 2018
(OLYMPIA, WA.) – Washington Governor Jay Inslee lit into the Trump White House yesterday as a “den of deceit” at a news conference where he announced $1.2 million more legal aid money for immigrants and refugees who don't have financial resources for legal aid.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: Gov'r Jay Inslee at news conference
The news conference was scheduled before President Trump publicly backed down – after a firestorm of public outrage – and signed an executive order bringing to a stop his controversial “family separation” rule as it applies to refugees coming into America illegally.
Inslee said that the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is being awarded a $1 million grant from the Department of Commerce and the governor is providing an additional $230,000 in emergency funding.
The grant funding was approved by the Legislature last session and awarded through a competitive proposal process. The funding will support NWIRP’s effort to provide legal assistance including information and advice through extended legal representation in individual immigration cases.
Inslee called the separation of families “an intentional infliction, abusive behavior to punish innocent children.”
He also mentioned examples of the Trump administration’s false statements made over the past few weeks, including Mr. Trump’s well worn and untrue claim that Democrats in congress (the minority power) are responsible for the family separation policy.
Mr. Trump has also asserted falsely that the family separations were required by law.
The funding in our state for immigrants access to legal aid comes just as the president implemented new policies to separate asylum-seeking families at the border. Approximately 200 individuals, most of them mothers, are being detained at the federal detention center in SeaTac, while at least nine separated youth have been placed in Washington state, according to Inslee’s office.
Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson have been vocally opposing this new policy and demanding answers from federal officials about when these youth will be reunited with their parents.
“The horrific separation of children from their parents at our southern border is just the latest in an ongoing effort by the president’s administration to terrorize immigrant families and those seeking asylum or refuge,” Inslee said. “Everyone is entitled to a fair and due process, and this funding will help make sure Washington is doing everything it can to protect that system of justice for all.”