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

Democrats and voters must halt Trump’s threat to our democracy

Democrats and voters must halt Trump’s threat to our democracy

"Our immigration laws are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world, and the Dems will do anything not to change them & to obstruct-want open borders which means crime!" Ted Cruz was introducing legislation to end the practice at the US border with Mexico and keep illegal immigrant families intact.

Faced with a growing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. -Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" immigration policy, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are predictably at an impasse over a solution that would prevent thousands of children from being separated from their detained immigrant parents. Senate leaders are working through various proposals to find consensus as more and more Republicans are speaking out in sharp opposition to Trump.

Under those policies, children nabbed at the border with their parents generally can not be held in detention longer than 20 days. At the time, Matalin expressed ambivalence about Trump and said her party had shifted under her feet.

House Republican Mario Diaz-Balart said the priority of ending the separations has been slotted into a compromise bill now under consideration and favored by GOP moderates. Because House Speaker Paul Ryan has repeatedly said he will not consider a bill that Trump will not sign, all eyes are now on the president.

"For someone saying these children aren't hostages, it's tough to call them guests", said a top aide to Senate Republicans who was briefed on the President's demands.

An audio recording purported to feature Central American children separated from their parents sobbing and wailing has also struck a nerve.

But even after the meeting, it was unclear whether Trump favored that bill over a more hardline measure supported by conservatives.

Mr Trump earlier urged lawmakers to pass a bill ending family separations. It is one of the rare instances where Republican leaders in Congress have been willing to publicly rebuke the president on policy and actively consider legislation to oppose him.

It also means that unless Mr. Trump blinks, there's little chance of relief for the almost 70 children who are being separated each day.

"Some people have said that the only way to do that is to not enforce the law which I believe is a false choice", he told reporters.

The prospect of passing legislation on family separations is no better in the House.

Last Thursday, Roskam said in a statement, "Dragging children away from their parents ought not be a part of the solution", urging the administration "to reverse the zero tolerance policy that removes children from their parents at the border". Their children are then classified as "unaccompanied minors" and are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Many in Congress, including many Trump supporters, say he is wrong.

Since children can not be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them.

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