WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to recent vandalism in Westminster, MD:
“I was appalled to hear the news that such hateful graffiti was found on the walls of the former Army Reserve Center in Carroll County. America’s immigration system is broken and needs urgent attention, but the way to achieve that is to urge the House of Representatives to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill approved by the Senate last year. I was pleased to see that the Maryland State Police are investigating this matter as a hate crime and will pursue it to the fullest extent possible. We should have a respectful debate about immigration reform and how to cope with the latest wave of activity at our southern border. We cannot allow such a conversation to devolve to the lowest common-denominator of xenophobia and ignorance.
“The current wave of young children being sent to the U.S. to escape the most desperate situations in their own countries, particularly Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is a humanitarian crisis. The majority of these children should be sent home to their families, but while they are in our custody, we have a responsibility to treat them humanely, as children, and not as prisoners.”