McConnell: We'll work with Dems to end child separations at border

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2018

Ted Cruz and John Cornyn who have already announced they're writing a counterpiece of legislation Is it that hard for Republicans to get behind a Democrat-introduced piece of legislature, or are they really willing to let children sleep in cages where babies have their diapers changed by other children so Republicans can take their sweet time throwing together their own version of legislation?

The House of Representatives is preparing this week to vote on a moderate immigration bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he was reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan backing, since the proposal would need to reach a 60-vote threshold to advance in that chamber. "We're not the ones responsible for creating this problem", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "We've inherited it".

Hurd expressed support for both executive and legislative action to stop family separations.

Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Instead, he delivered a vintage meandering and bullying speech that offered little concrete guidance to desperate House Republicans about what to do on immigration. The separations have been blasted by Democrats, some Republicans, medical professionals and rights activists.

"While cases are pending, families should stay together", tweeted Senator Cruz, who is in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle. He introduced his own bill to speed up court proceedings to no more than 14 days.

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"I believe this policy is wrong, does not reflect our country's basic values and should end immediately". "It's never acceptable to use kids as bargaining chips in political process".

Senator Pat Roberts, from Kansas, said he is "against using parental separation as a deterrent to illegal immigration".

"The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families", said Sen.

President Donald Trump emphatically defended his administration's policy Monday, again falsely blaming Democrats.

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Members said the range of issues Trump covered included trade, taxes and other victories for the administration. "It should do so now".

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Schlapp said during the interview that family separation could be avoided by doing one thing.

The eight-minute recording includes a US Border Patrol agent joking about the cries of the children, comparing them to an "orchestra".

Almost 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Mr Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. "No more free passes, no more get-out-of-jail-free cards".

The compromise bill shifts away from the nation's longtime preference for family immigration to a new system that prioritizes entry based on merits and skills.

"I think this is a very good chance that something, in fact, may be done", he told the 6-year-old, noting it would likely be a "quite historic" week on "border security".

Republicans are scrambling to draft a bill to address the growing outcry over the policy of separating migrant families at the US-Mexico border. Many are placed in foster care or in factory-style shelters where they wait to be reunited with family members who live in the United States.

The law wasn't being enforced beforehand.

Two polls released Monday from CNN and Quinnipiac University backed that up, showing that two-thirds of Americans disagreed with the family separation policy.

"Nobody likes" breaking up families and "seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms", said Kellyanne Conway, a counsellor to the president. Democrats brushed aside that pressure.

The president even took aim at Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who just lost a primary largely due to his past criticism of the president.

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