Chuck Schumer: Democrats Will Reject Any Legislation to Fix Border Crisis

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2018

The furor around the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy increased as Democrats - including Mayor Martin J. Walsh - continued to blast the president for separating migrant families at the border, while Republicans scrambled to come up with a plan that would keep children with their parents.

Steve Schmidt, then an adviser to Republican presidential nominee John McCain, speaks with reporters in NY on September 24, 2008. If separations occur, Homeland Security would have to provide clear guidelines for how parents can contact their kids.

He added, "Can you imagine the graft that must take place?" Multiple GOP lawmakers tell the Washington Post that Trump told them his daughter was upset by images of children taken from their families and asked if they could do anything to stop it. Trump called for Congress to approve the so-called third option Tuesday. We have to be able to do this.

On today's show, Glenn remembered when he was one of the few people to care about the crisis at the border.

Under current law, detained minors can only be held for 20 days and are now housed by Health and Human Services instead of the U.S. Marshals, who house adults.

Neither of the two measures can muster the votes to pass the House nor get the supermajority needed in the Senate, where Republicans need Democratic support for passage. "I want border security".

"There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense", Schumer said, as quoted by The Hill.

"There's no need for legislation".

LaHood said, "The news coming from our border is heartbreaking, and further emphasizes the need for comprehensive, bipartisan reforms to our immigration policies".

Later on Tuesday, after the Trumping meeting with the GOP House members, The Republican Main Street Caucus, chaired by Rep. Rodney Davis said in a statement, "Since the beginning of this debate, Main Street members have been committed to finding a permanent solution for DACA recipients and adequate funding for border security that will prevent unsafe drugs, illegal guns, and criminals from flowing through our country".

Trump's "zero tolerance" policy refers illegal immigrants to criminal prosecution, separating parents and children into different areas of custody, as opposed to the Obama administration policy of referring families to civil deportation.

Hultgren said in a Tweet, "I am troubled by the situation at the border" and he was "pleased the House is working on legislation for DACA recipients".

Widespread outrage over the separations has given Republicans cause for concern in an election year.

"In his remarks, he endorsed both House immigration bills that build the wall, close legal loopholes, cancel the visa lottery, curb chain migration, and solve the border crisis and family separation issue by allowing for family detention and removal".

"I'll be signing something in a little while that's going to do that", he told reporters at the White House.

And he accused reporters of being complicit with the cartels that control the human smuggling traffic into the USA, saying the press is distorting the policies. Bill Nelson and Florida U.S. Rep.

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