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Congressman Joaquin Castro

Representing the 20th District of Texas

Castro Releases Podcast Episode on International Condemnation of Family Separation Policy, Violence in the Northern Triangle, and Infrastructure of Diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere

Jul 27, 2018
Press Release

Fifth Episode of “Diplomatic Cable” Features the Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released a Diplomatic Cable episode on international condemnation of the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, violence and root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle countries, and the Infrastructure of Diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere featuring Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro.

The episode is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

“Last month, U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw issued an injunction on the Trump Administration’s family separation policy and ordered them to reunify these children with their parents in 30 days. The Administration missed this court-ordered deadline, and hundreds of migrant children remain in government custody separated from their families. In some cases, their parents have been deported making reunification nearly inconceivable,” said Rep. Castro. “Featuring the OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, this episode focuses on the international community’s commendation of the Trump Administration’s separation of migrant children from their loved ones, root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle countries, and the Infrastructure of Diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere. We know the international community is watching America commit such human rights abuses, and we must continue to shed light on this issue until every last one of these children is reunited with their loved ones.”

When describing the OAS resolution condemning the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, Secretary General Almagro said on the episode: “[This] was an issue of deep consideration for the different member states because of the humanitarian value that this resolution may have. So the approach of the organization, the approach of member states, and the initiative of Mexico was focused on the idea of, of course bringing an institution or solution, respect the principles and values of the American system in order to keep families united on the assumption that this is a very imperative issue practically in our immigration issues we have dealt with in the past years.”

Future episodes of the Diplomatic Cable will include discussions with Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the United States Department of State Nick Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis, and many other experts, practitioners, Members of Congress and American citizens. Episodes will focus on Russia’s interference in our election, repercussions of U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the consequences of a rising China, the crisis in American diplomacy and development, the forthcoming Middle East peace plan from the Administration and many other topics.

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