President Trump halts family separation policy at the border
WASHINGTON (SBG) - One crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border has been temporarily solved, with President Donald Trump’s decision to issue an executive order ending family separations there.
“Anybody with a heart would feel very strongly about it. We don’t like to see families separated but at the same time we don’t want anybody coming into our country illegally,” said President Trump, moments after signing the executive order.
Some Democrats are now criticizing the process.
“It’s a little bit like an arsonist who starts a fire and then claims credit as a fireman for putting it out,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
Meanwhile, the White House is imploring Congress to act and insisting the complex issues run deep.
“This has been going on for 50 years ... this has been going on under Clinton, Bush, Obama. We’re gonna see if we can solve it,” the president said.
How to do that is still up for debate on Capitol Hill.
"We’ve got to do something with DACA. We’ve got to secure our Southern border," said Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah.
Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said, “We should provide more judges at the border, so these judicial processes occur rapidly.”
Democrats are calling for a bipartisan effort on immigration saying so far, recent efforts have been largely one-sided. A vote is expected on two of those bills in the House this week.
“Neither of the two bills were drafted with Democratic input. They’re anti-family because they want to get rid of family re-unification,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.
In what has really been a sea of disagreement on this, there does seem to be one point both sides seem to be able to get behind and that is that immigration policy as it is now could use a major overhaul.
“This is not a Democrat or Republican or liberal or conservative issue. Americans, I think, have responded to this as Americans. This is a compassionate country,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas.
It’s a country now facing some big questions about what to do next.