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Congressman Kevin Yoder

Representing the 3rd District of Kansas

Yoder Cosponsors Legislation to Reunite Separated Families

Jun 22, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Chairman Kevin Yoder of the DHS Appropriations Subcommittee announced today that he has signed on as a cosponsor to the Family Reunification Act, which directs the federal government to immediately reunite families who have been separated at the southern border.

Yoder has been a leading Republican voice in resolving this issue, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to suspend the practice in a letter on Monday and making a personal plea to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a private one-on-one meeting on Tuesday. Following their meeting, Secretary Nielsen drafted an executive order to halt the practice, which President Trump signed into effect.

Yoder issued the following statement along with the announcement:

“I’m glad the Administration has heeded my calls to stop separating families and has already worked to get about 500 families back together. We must still finalize long-term solutions to fix this problem permanently and reunite the remaining families. Congress should take up this bill immediately, and if not I will work to see the language is included in my must-pass DHS funding bill.”