White Congressman To Trump: Consult A Non-White Guy On Immigration

Written by Dana Sanchez

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump, who appeared in a photo discussing immigrant family separations with mostly white male members of Congress.

Kennedy tweeted that Trump should consult someone other than white men before enacting his version of immigration reform.

“I would encourage @realDonaldTrump & his fellow GOP white guys to consult a not-white-guy in their efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform in less than 24 hours,” Kennedy tweeted.


Facing a political crisis, Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday, which he claims will solve the problem of separating families at the border. He was photographed at a table of mostly white men who would make the ultimate decision on the fate of immigrant Latino families trying to enter the U.S., Diversity Inc. reported.

Trump took office with the least diverse presidential Cabinet in decades — the first without a Latino member since former President Ronald Reagan appointed the first Latino nearly 30 years ago.

Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children a former Job Corps site that now houses them, on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Homestead, Fla. U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo said he found it “troubling” to see two of his Democratic colleagues turned away from the Miami-area detention center for migrant children. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The Republican-controlled House, which is almost 80 percent white, is expected to vote today on two broad immigration bills — one, more conservative, the other, more of a compromise. Neither is expected to pass.

Trump’s decision to separate thousands of families at the U.S.-Mexico border produced outrage from Democratic and Republican lawmakers and many foreign leaders, according to The Hill.

The rushed executive order is creating added chaos, and has done nothing for the 2,300 children already taken from parents who are awaiting prosecution, CNN reported:

“CNN reported Wednesday that the order did not contain any procedures for how to reunite children now in the care of the federal government with their parents … ‘Frankly, I think the way the order is drafted is not executable,’ John Sandweg, a former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.”

Who’s paying for this?

U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) runs 113 detention facilities across the U.S. and works with state and local jails and private prisons to operate hundreds more, CNBC reported.

It costs around $319 a day to maintain a family bed, which keeps mothers and children together in a family residential center, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

But as of April, children have been separated from their parents more often than before. The Trump administration created ‘tent cities’ to hold thousands of separated children. Those beds cost $775 per person per night, the Department of Health and Human Services told NBC News.