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Governor Phil Bredesen makes statement on family separations

NASHVILLE, TN — Governor Phil Bredesen issued the following statement in response to the ongoing separation of immigrant families:

"At our border with Mexico, our country is taking terrified little children from their parents and incarcerating them in camps behind chain link fences. The whole process is secret—the press has been prevented from doing their job.

Any normal American is horrified.

This is no longer the President’s problem, or the Department of Homeland Security’s problem. It is America’s problem. Thankfully, we live in a strong nation, full of parents, faith leaders, and many others from all parts of the political spectrum who have condemned this policy.

We have placed ourselves on a morally bankrupt path. Today, the real test of our strength as a nation is not whether we’ve made a mistake, it’s whether we recognize where we’ve failed and fix it. Now."


The Tennessean — Senators Alexander and Corker oppose child-family separation at the border:

ABC News — Franklin Graham and Russell Moore (a top leader of the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention) speak out:

The Hill — Dr. Colleen Kraft (president of the American Academy of Pediatrics) speaks out:

Published June 19, 2018

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