Skip to comments.Ted Cruz introduces legislation to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border
Posted on 06/18/2018 7:11:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced emergency legislation Monday evening to keep immigrant families together after they cross the border into the United States.
The legislation follows comments Cruz made on Saturday that essentially called for more resources to adjudicate asylum claims. He also called for keeping immigrant kids with their parents as long as those adults are not associated with criminal activity.
"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers," Cruz wrote in a release. "This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week."
The provisions of the legislation, according to the news release, include:
* Doubling the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
* Authorizing new temporary shelters with accommodations to keep families together.
* Mandating that immigrant families be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to children.
* Providing for expedited processing and review of asylum cases so that within 14 days those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas' senior senator and the second-ranking Senate Republican, said on the chamber floor earlier Monday that he, too, would introduce legislation on this front.
"It will include provisions that mitigate the problem of family separation while improving the immigration court process for unaccompanied children and families apprehended at the border," he said. "To the greatest extent possible, families presenting at ports of entry or apprehended crossing the border illegally will be kept together while waiting for their court hearings, which will be expedited.
Cruz and Cornyn are part of a growing number of Republican federal lawmakers who are pushing back against the Trump Administration's recently implemented "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has so far led to the separation of about 2,000 children from their parents at the border. House Republicans are currently reworking a compromise immigration bill that would modify but not end the "zero tolerance" policy, NPR reported Monday.
Cruz's Democratic rival in his fall re-election bid, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, spent part of the weekend demonstrating near a tent city in Tornillo, outside of El Paso.
Build the wall.
So essentially we will be building Internment Camps to house everyone together. Real smart.
Repel at the border. Problem solved.
This is why Trump won the election.
Cruz is a total sell-out on some issues.
Such as this one.
Good, get it passed and signed expediently, and get the issue off the table so Democrats can’t ride it into House and Senate majorities.
Cruz today nicely exposed the fey Wray as a Weasel.
Send them all home together.
Nonsense. Build the wall, deny illegal aliens any standing in any court, send them home. Problem solved. Why must we be caretakers to the world? Let their home countries provide for their welfare-—as soon as they get rid of corruption.
Read the DHS policy Ted, they do this only at times to PROTECT the children.
Either one should not be a reason for special dispensation.
I agree. Deport them as a family.
Deport the families - intact - to Ushuaia. Its the southernmost town in South America.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised Christopher Wray, President Trump’s choice for FBI director, as an “extraordinary person” who possesses “all the gifts necessary to be a great director of the FBI” “
RE: So essentially we will be building Internment Camps to house everyone together. Real smart.
As long as we can expedite processing. The bill has that provision. So it is not really an internment camp. It is a TEMPORARY SHELTER.
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