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An update from the border (bad news & good news)

As many of us celebrated Christmas with our loved ones, I kept in my heart the thousands of children at our southern border who have been imprisoned by Donald Trump. Some ripped from their parents' arms; some withheld from loving families that are waiting for them; many of them held in "temporary" prisons for far longer than the 20 days allowed by the federal courts.

On Christmas morning, we awoke to the news that another child died overnight while in Border Patrol custody.

Felipe, just eight years old, died in a New Mexico hospital. According to the Border Patrol's own report, he was taken with a 103-degree fever from a hospital to a detention center. Just a few hours later, he was dead.

It is a horrific tragedy and I am demanding answers.

Public pressure matters. A week ago Saturday I led a congressional delegation to Tornillo, the child prison holding 2,700 teenagers and demanded that the children be placed with sponsors and that the prison be closed.

A few days later, shortly before the holiday, the Administration responded, announcing that both of our demands will be met.

All the children are expected to leave by January 15. According to news reports, they will all be sent to live with parents and sponsors in the United States as they await their asylum hearings.

Know this: I'm not letting up. I'm going to make sure that actually happens — that these children aren't just shuffled around to new detention centers. And Tornillo is just one facility; there are many others.

We're going to keep up the pressure on Donald Trump to end this horrific policy of deliberately inflicting trauma on children.

Several months ago, they stopped new family separations. Now, they're closing Tornillo.

That's because of the pressure that you brought to bear.

Keep it up: Sign this petition and tell the Trump administration to stop imprisoning children.

Onward,

Jeff

Posted on December 26, 2018.
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Jeff Merkley was born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the son of a sawmill worker. As an advocate and a state legislator, he always fought hard for working families in Oregon. And now, as U.S. Senator, he's working every day for families in Oregon and across the country.

His progressive commitment is clear - working for economic recovery and family-wage jobs, clean energy that puts Americans to work and combats the climate crisis, affordable health care for all Americans. Learn more about Jeff Merkley.