Dame It All to Hell’s Bipartisan statement on Current Immigration Status
KELLY: We are Kelly and Tracy. Every week we talk about things that affect women. We work in politics, so much of the time what we talk about how it is to be a professional woman in the field of mostly male political professionals. We rarely tackle purely partisan issues, there are plenty of podcasts to listen to if that is what you enjoy. We usually debate, we push each other’s buttons. We get sucked into conflict and pull each other out in moments of agreement. But in this moment, we would like to come together, all jokes aside, to address what is happening at the border.
TRACY: Women engaged in politics, from both sides of aisle, have come forward to address the cruelty happening under the zero tolerance policy. This is an issue affecting mothers, fathers, families, it’s about humanity. Former first lady Laura Bush said, “In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to the current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.” Our current First Lady, Melania Trump, herself an immigrant, who received her citizenship status by marrying our President said, “We need to be a county that follows laws, but governs with heart” And long time Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway has said, “Nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers’ arms, As a mother, as a Catholic, as somebody who has got a conscience… I will tell you that nobody likes this policy.”
KELLY: We have found ourselves in an administrative policy that forces families apart. The children into cages, the parents into prisons. We are using babies, young children, as bargaining chips in a political game. This is not the America we want to be.
TRACY: We both have kids, we understand how important it is to protect them. We would lay in front of a bus, we would take every ounce of pain away from our kids if we could. There is a better way. Even, Ted Cruz is trying to do better by introducing a bill which would double the number of immigration judges to 750 and mandate that illegal immigrant families be kept together, unless there has been “aggravated criminal conduct” or threat of harm to the children.
KELLY: Tracy and I may believe in different laws, in different policies of immigration, in different leaders. But we are a county of family, and retreat, and dreams, and freedom. If you feel the same as we do, please call your Congressperson, your Senator and tell them, it’s time to work across the aisle for a solution.
TRACY: Republicans hold the majority, it’s time to find a better way. Be our leaders, be the best version of this country, of our party. Be strong and brave, stand up to human rights abuses. We NEED to agree on immigration policy that doesn’t separate scared, sick, desperate families. We can do better.
Thanks for listening.