Congressional efforts to end the Trump administration policy of splitting up migrant families gained steam Tuesday as bipartisan outrage about the practice mounted.
however Democrats quickly indicated they may not cooperate which has a GOP push for a legislative solution, along with put the burden on President Donald Trump to change his policy himself.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters in which he along with “all of the members of the Republican conference support a plan” to keep families together along with end the White House practice. The GOP aims to move quickly on a legislative fix, however needs support via at least nine Democrats to get the 60 votes needed to pass one.
“My expect can be This specific can be not going to be something we’re going to do over a matter of weeks along with months however something we can do over a matter of days, hopefully This specific week,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, added.
McConnell said, a bill “would likely need to be a narrow agreement to fix the problem we all agree needs to be fixed.” the idea means the Senate may not pursue a broader overhaul of the immigration system along with border security, as Trump appears to seek.
Numerous Republicans along with Democrats in Congress have currently called on the White House to immediately halt the policy, which critics have called inhumane along with un-American. the idea can be unclear whether a Trump administration in which has vehemently defended the policy or a deeply divided Congress can take action to end the widely condemned practice.
however Democrats put the onus on the president to take action himself Tuesday. An animated Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “The president alone can fix the idea which has a flick of a pen by signing a presidential order to end the agonizing screams of smaller children who have been separated via their parents.” He shrugged off concerns about the GOP potentially attacking Democrats for not supporting legislation to stop the policy.
“Let’s expect we never get to in which. Let’s expect the president does the right thing along with solves the problem, which he can do. in which’s the simplest, easiest along with most likely way This specific can happen,” he said, noting in which Congress has tried along with failed repeatedly to pass immigration bills.
Many Republicans — who control both chambers of Congress — have said the White House can along with should stop the policy on its own.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Senate Republican along which has a Trump ally, gathered signatures via 11 different GOP senators on a letter asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the family separations while Congress figures out a faster way to deal with illegal immigrants.
“We support the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws, however we cannot support the implementation of a policy in which results within the categorical forced separation of minor children via their parents,” Hatch said within the letter, which was also sent to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday.
The Republicans signees include Sens. John McCain, Cory Gardner, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski along with Bob Corker — all of whom have been willing to challenge Trump either in word or deed at various points in his presidency.
The congressional proposal could mark a compromise of sorts with the White House, as the Trump administration has falsely argued in which only Congress can end the policy.