McConnell: Dems Must Work With GOP to End Separation Crisis


His bill would authorize new temporary shelters that would keep families together as adults await prosecution, double the number of federal immigration judges to help expedite cases, and require asylum cases to be adjudicated within 14 days, with those who do not meet the legal standard for asylum being immediately returned to their home country.

While President Donald Trump has asserted that Congress laid the groundwork for the spate of family separations occurring on the southern border of the United States, members of Congress have noted that the president could act unilaterally to immediately end the new practice put in place by the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday dug in on his zero tolerance policy at the Mexican border, and as the uproar of separating children from their parents grows, six of the seven GOP House members from IL - who usually don't split with Trump - distanced themselves or disagreed outright with Trump's actions. According to GOP aides, one option Republicans are considering is attaching it as an amendment to one of the must-pass spending packages this week. "We might as well get it right or let's just keep going", Trump said, signaling he wants an all-or-nothing immigration bill. House Republicans are scheduled to take up an immigration bill tomorrow and are looking to add a rule that would allow them to be held longer but be detained with their parents. 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.

"Mr. President, have a heart for a change", Hirono said Tuesday.

Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been a strong ally of Trump and initially supported the zero-tolerance policy, backed off yesterday.

GOP senators including Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME also said they've been discussing family separation legislation. The House will vote on this bill, and a more conservative one written by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., on Thursday.

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"When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away", he said.

Senate Republicans are also moving to block Trump's policy. A growing number of Republicans have pushed back, including Sen. I don't want to try people.

During his time in office, Barack Obama was also behind some "pretty awful" policies separating immigrant families, a group of MSNBC panelists argued Friday.

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

At the Tuesday rally, tech workers mixed with immigrants and activists, all horrified at the images of children being torn from their parents.

Senate Republicans attempted to form a consensus on providing a solution to the Trump administration's policy of separating families who cross the US-Mexico border illegally, but a path forward still appears to be an insurmountable task.