Not One Republican Will Support a Bill to End Immigrant Family Separation

From day one of his presidency, Donald Trump and his administration began formulating a draconian policy that would deliberately and needlessly separate immigrant mothers from their children  at the U.S. border. At the initial meeting, officials proposed this policy as a way to deter would-be immigrants from attempting to enter the country, and the Trump administration continues to stick to this argument.

Unable to accept responsibility for such a controversial policy and the ensuing outrage, Trump places fault for the current sorry state of affairs on the Democrats — even though the political party lacks control over any branch of federal government.

Trump — erroneously — claims that the only way to end family separation at the border is for Democratic lawmakers to change the law and end their political obstruction. So that’s just what they’re aiming to do.

Introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the “Keep Families Together Act” would keep families together at the border unless a social worker suspects child abuse or human trafficking. At present, every Democrat in the Senate has lent their support to the bill, however the same cannot be said for their Republican peers.

Despite many congressional Republicans lamenting these family separations, none have endorsed the bill. Instead, House Republicans are hobbling together a bill that would fall far short of actually putting an end to family separation at the border; not only does it allow separation of legal asylum seekers, but it would also loosen restrictions on how children are housed.

Because there are 49 Democrats and 51 Republicans in the Senate, the “Keep Families Together Act” doesn’t stand a chance without bipartisan support.

Where are the “family first” conservatives in the Senate who believe in putting the welfare of children ahead of political brinkmanship? They’ve yet to make an appearance in the conversation about the Trump administration’s cruel border policy.

Anyone paying attention is likely aware of the gross human rights violations being committed against families at the border. Right now, there are young children being held at detention centers without guardians, and there’s a general lack of staff and resources. In fact, one account tells of diaper-bound toddlers having to be changed by older child detainees.

But those are only the immigrant children that ICE knows about. Readers may recall that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had somehow lost track of around 1,500 undocumented immigrant children earlier this year, a screw-up so monumental that it prompted the department to spinelessly claim that it is not “legally responsible” for these minors.

How could any American of conscience find this behavior remotely acceptable?

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Separating children from their families because they are undocumented serves absolutely no practical purpose. It’s not a deterrent; it’s a punishment.

Every Democrat in the Senate is prepared to help pass a bill that would put an end to these draconian practices, but absolutely no Republican is willing to do the same. And it isn’t hard to see why this is the case: Republicans want to use vulnerable mothers and children as pawns in their petty political game.

Tell Republican senators to put their money where their mouths are. If they truly care about children and families, then they would support the “Keep Families Together Act.” Add your name to this Care2 petition to make it known that inaction on this matter is unacceptable.

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105 comments

David Anderson
David Anderson2 months ago

Have we forgotten that our present immigration problem is largely due to congress doublecrossing Reagan on trading amnesty for a permanent solution through comprehensive reform. Who was running congress then? Anyone? So, why do you have so much faith in these people now. Then again, they could have done something when Democrats controlled both House and Senate while Obama was in office. It leads me to the conclusion that the Democrat party likes to use these people as political footballs without actually caring about their well-being or that of this country.

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Hannah K
Hannah K2 months ago

Shameful

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Danii P
Past Member 2 months ago

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Danii P
Past Member 2 months ago

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Danii P
Past Member 2 months ago

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Sue L
Sue L2 months ago

The Republican Party doesn't care about children-unless they are unborn. Once they are born they try to provide as little help as possible. They don't care about poor white kids so they definitely do not care for brown kids. I signed this petition 5 days ago and NO progress has been made to help these kids whatsoever. Vote these Republicans out!!!

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Patty Langford
Patty Langford2 months ago

VOTE DEMOCRAT NOVEMBER MIDTERMS! the only way to SAVE the what was once the Republican party is to replace them in BOTH the Senate & House!

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Patty Langford
Patty Langford2 months ago

VOTE DEMOCRAT NOVEMBER MIDTERMS! the only way to SAVE the what was once the Republican party is to replace them in BOTH the Senate & House!

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Mike A, this is just another Trump "fact" that he pulled out of his butt.
Have Undocumented Immigrants Killed 63000 American Citizens ...
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/have-undocumented-killed-63000-us-9-11/

Claim: Undocumented immigrants have killed 63,000 U.S. citizens since 9/11.
Claimed by: Internet
Fact check by Snopes.com: False

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Heartless, gutless slime-balls.

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