Citizens express concern over separating immigrant families to Susan Collins' staff

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A group of concerned citizens met with people Senator Susan Collins’ office in Bangor about immigration.

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They say they were upset about immigrant families being separated at the border.

President Trump did sign an executive order stopping family separation, but the group says there are still thousands of children away from their parents.

“We're frankly very, very disturb at what is happening to children and parents,” said one of the members, Christine Talbott. “The agony of being apart from your children and not knowing where they are and children and toddlers, it's doing extreme damage. Every day away from a nurturing, safe parent is very destructive to a child.”

Maine Senator Susan Collins has released the following Statement:

“The executive order is a step in the right direction. It will immediately stop the atrocious practice of separating children from their parents at the border. This policy was traumatizing to thousands of children who have done nothing wrong and inconsistent with our American values.

“President Trump announced Thursday that he is ordering federal agencies to reunite families that were separated as a result of his Administration’s policy. We must now work to ensure that, absent extraordinary circumstances, each of these children is indeed reunited with his or her family as soon as possible.”

Senator Collins joined 12 Senators in calling on the Trump Administration to halt this inhumane practice

She also hosted a meeting of more than a dozen Senators Wednesday in her office to discuss a bill that would guarantee the end of the Trump Administration’s policy of family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border.