Republican Senator Ted Cruz has broke with the Trump administration on the zero tolerance policy at the southern border. Cruz is reportedly announcing a bill to “keep families together”.
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said on Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at preventing the controversial practice of separating immigrant families along the border.
"While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers," Cruz, who is up for reelection in November, said in a statement.
Cruz's proposal, according to a release from his office, would require immigrant families detained along the border to remain together "absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children."
It would also require that asylum cases are adjudicated within 14 days, approve new temporary shelters for immigrant families and increase the number of immigration judges.
"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week," Cruz added.
Cruz is favored to win reelection in bright-red Texas, but is facing an unexpectedly lively challenge from Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who has made immigration a key part of his campaign, including calling for the family-dividing policy to end and holding a protest Sunday at the site of one of the tent cities housing children separated from their parents.
"We decided there wouldn't be a more powerful way to spend Father's Day than with children who have just been taken from their fathers, children who have been taken from their mothers, children who won't be able to be with their family," O'Rourke reportedly said.
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