Outraged by the U.S. policy of separating families suspected of illegally entering the country, the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area has offered to host migrant children taken away from their parents by U.S. authorities.
“This immoral policy of taking babies from their parent and locking them up must stop,” Ahmed Bedier, president of United Voices for America, said in a press conference on on June 19.
“The Muslim community is ready to do its part by hosting these children in loving and safe homes until they are reunified with their parents,” he added.
More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents by US Federal authorities since President Donald Trump enforced his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, prompting an international humanitarian outcry.
Most of the children in custody are of Mexican families arrested at the border.
The Muslim group said that the humanitarian program will host the 2,300 children separated by the controversial family separation policy until they are united with their parents.