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Elizabeth Esty
Mom, community advocate, and U.S. Representative for Connecticut's 5th Congressional District. This is the official account for my Congressional office.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
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It’s all beyond heartbreaking.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
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I spoke extensively with one woman whose 12 year old son, her only child, was separated from her within 2 hours of being detained. She doesn’t know where he is. She has no other family--no other children. No parents of her own. Lots of tears and fear.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
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They are not allowed to make phone calls unless they have money on a credit account, which many don’t. ICE claims that they can/ will find their children if the women ask. The women say they ask every day.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
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The rest don’t know where their children are. Some have been at the facility for a week and some as long as six weeks. All were in tears. Asking for help to find their children.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
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Only one had spoken with her child (a seven year-old now in New York with family). The children are as young as five.
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Elizabeth Esty 9h
This is the Port Isabel Detention Facility, where we met with 15 recently detained women, all of whom had their children separated from them.
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Elizabeth Esty 11h
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Extensive flooding over the last week has made the situation here even worse.
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Elizabeth Esty 11h
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I will continue to post pictures and updates from our trip when permissible. So far we were not allowed to take pictures inside either the intake facility or the processing facilities.
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Elizabeth Esty 11h
The view from the detention facility bus as we’re on our way to the Port Isabel Detention Facility.
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Elizabeth Esty 15h
Arrived safely in Texas last night and starting the day at the McAllen Border Control Station.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 22
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This change starts with the leaders of an organization being accountable for their own words and actions and setting the right example for their employees.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 22
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In fact, many of these employees are veterans themselves. We owe it to our veterans and VA employees to change a workplace cultures that allow for bad behavior to continue.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 22
The VA employs over 370,000 people across the country whose primary goal is to assist our veterans who have dutifully and honorably served the United States.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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I stand by my original statement, which can be found here:
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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We needed balanced reforms that would have benefited CT farmers, consumers, & tax-payers without gutting vital anti-hunger efforts.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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It pains me that in order to assist our hardworking farmers, who make a critical contribution to our economy, it had to come at the expense of some of the most vulnerable people in our state.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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In fact, over 56,000 hardworking people in Connecticut are eligible for and participate in food assistance programs. And across the country, 265,000 kids will lose access to free school meals.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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SNAP is critical to preventing hunger and combating poverty in CT and across the country, particularly for families with children and disabled veterans.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
The was not acceptable for Connecticut families when we voted on it on 5/18 and it was not acceptable today.
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Elizabeth Esty Jun 21
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That’s why tomorrow, I will be heading to Texas to see first-hand what is happening and report back to my colleagues about the necessary steps Congress should take to fix this humanitarian crisis.
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