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US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen

Proudly Representing American Samoa

Congresswoman Amata Welcomes President Trump’s Action to Keep Families Together

June 20, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement updating immigration policy efforts, and welcoming President Trump’s announcement:

“I welcome President Trump’s decision to sign an executive order ending family separations when adults are held longer in asylum cases. He is doing the right thing,” said Aumua Amata. “Over the past 24 hours, I discussed the immigration issue with colleagues and heard many thoughts and concerns. Even before the President’s announcement, those conversations made me optimistic the Congress would make progress in the right direction, and the President had assured us he is open to the necessary solutions.”

Congresswoman Amata speaking with President TrumpCongresswoman Amata speaking with President Trump, June 19, 2018.


“I support keeping families together in all but extreme cases that have been reviewed thoroughly by proper authorities, and I support sensible and prompt changes to the current practices,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “I strongly believe our national immigration policies must preserve, protect and encourage the family unit as much as possible, and I’m very pleased to see this important change.”


President Trump, Members of Congress including Majority Leader McCarthy (center) and Congresswoman Amata (right)President Trump (left) speaking with Members of Congress, including Majority Leader McCarthy (center) and Congresswoman Amata (right) in the U.S. Capitol on June 19, 2018.


“In discussions with my colleagues, my guiding principle was that we should all focus on keeping the best interests of the child first, and I firmly believe we can continue to do that and still ensure the law is upheld.”