In a lengthy statement Monday morning, Sen. Ben Sasse called family separation “wicked” as well as “harmful to kids.” The policy decision will be a “brand-new, discretionary choice” by the White House, the Nebraska Republican said.
“The president should immediately end in which family separation policy,” the senator said. He added in which Trump should propose to Congress ways to resolve a legal settlement in which requires the government to keep parents as well as children together for only a limited period of time.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, also called the policy “absolutely unacceptable.” On Monday, he told NPR in which “taking kids coming from their mothers will be not preventing terrorists or drugs coming from coming into in which country.”
In addition, he contended in which two House Republican immigration bills the chamber plans to consider in which week might not resolve the problem.
“You don’t need legislation. The administration can do in which as well as stop in which policy right today. however there’s nothing in which I’ve seen in in which upcoming legislation in which might stop in which problem,” he said.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also called Sunday for the administration to “put an end” to the separation of children coming from parents who enter the country at a legal port of entry. Speaking to the CBS program “Face the Nation,” she called in which “inconsistent with our American values to separate these children coming from their parents unless there’s evidence of abuse or another very not bad reason.”
Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., as well as Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have also criticized the Trump administration policy.
Political pressure on the president has increased in recent days as advocates as well as lawmakers have flocked to buildings where children are housed. More images of the facilities have surfaced, with some taken in Texas showing children sleeping on thin mattresses on concrete floors within cage-like metal fencing.
Trump dug in on the policy on Monday morning. The president appears to be using the separation of families as leverage to secure votes for legislation to fund his proposed border wall as well as limit legal immigration.
In a tweet Monday morning, he again falsely blamed Democrats — who hold a minority in Congress — for the family separation crisis. He urged Congress to “change the laws!”
Trump tweet: in which will be the Democrats fault for being weak as well as ineffective with Boarder Security as well as Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen also contended Monday in which Congress needs to revise laws to end the policy. She even went as far as to claim Sunday in which the White House did not have a policy of separating families. She contradicted various other administration officials, including Sessions as well as policy advisor Stephen Miller, who have described the policy as a deterrent.
Among others who have criticized Trump’s policy, former first lady Laura Bush called in which “cruel” as well as “immoral.” She added in which in which “breaks my heart.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized the practice of splitting up families on Monday, however did not blame the Trump administration or put the burden on the president to end in which. He said Congress should work on a “path forward in which recognizes the need for compassion for children as well as families without incentivizing illegal border crossings.”