Republicans announced that they planned to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, but Democrats have indicated they are solidly opposed to both of those proposals.
“When you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying, ‘Don’t separate kids from their parents, ‘ what they’re really saying is don’t arrest illegal aliens”, Cruz said Monday.
“The Trump administration is sending the clear message that immigrants aren’t welcome here – and they don’t mind sacrificing constitutional rights and basic human decency just to get that across”, the petition states.
The Catholic Church and other religious leaders have voiced strong criticism of policies resulting in family separations and recent moves Sessions has made to restrict asylum.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon bombastically returned to the spotlight and didn’t mince any words in his appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. We need border security. “And Donald Trump is not going to do that”.
“There is an open question about who we are as Americans”, O’Rourke told the demonstrators, adding they had to bear the burden of “what we now know to be happening”.
“I hope to produce the outrage and the public pressure to force those in power to do the right thing”, he said.
“From the experience of previous administrations, it does not act as a deterrent to use children in this fashion”, Collins said, stressing that the practice is “traumatizing” for the children, who are “innocent victims”.
The proposed fix won approval from moderate House Republicans locked in hard re-election battles, but not from Republican Senate candidates running competitive races in GOP-leaning states.
Meanwhile, disturbing accounts of the trauma wrought by the family-separation policy keep flooding in.
On the call, Department of Homeland Security also said that prosecutions have more than doubled, but acknowledges they are not now at 100%.
Conway said that an unnamed aide who had said as much to the Washington Post was sorely mistaken.
McCaul, a Texas Republican, said both bills satisfy Trump’s main objectives.
Representative Ben Ray Lujon said Mr Trump “could pick up the phone and stop it today”.
Sessions described the policy as created to be a deterrant to illegal immigration, announcing “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border”.
Trump has said he wants the separations to end, but continues to blame opposition Democrats for the crisis, which critics say is one of his own making. Trump has claimed repeatedly that while it pains him to watch children wrenched from their mothers, it’s only Democratic intransigence that prevents him from ending a policy he personally put into motion, and could halt at any time.
“There’s no doubt that the images that we’ve seen of children, and children being separated from their parents, are heartbreaking”.
In recent days, Trump has blamed the Democrats and tweeted that the party is “forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their terrible and cruel legislative agenda”.
The girl had been taken from her mother the night before and brought to this shelter. The Democrats forced that law upon our nation’. However, there are reports of people being kept apart for weeks and even months.
Conway also took the opportunity to argue that Democratic lawmakers will not approve funding that would expand the number of family detention centers.
Immigrant advocacy groups denounced the policy, berating senior administration officials – some of whom were reduced to rueful apologies for a policy they said they could not justify – and telling Obama in late 2014 that he was turning his back on the most vulnerable people seeking refuge in the United States.
“If the Democrats are serious, and if a lot of Republicans are serious, they’ll come together”, she said.
The Department of Homeland Security reports that almost 2,000 children were sent to mass detention centers between April 19 and May 31.
That’s roughly 45 kids per day being placed in child immigrant detention centers.