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Ted Cruz Unveils Plan To Stop Separation Of Immigrant Families

Among congressional Republicans, there seems to be widespread support for ending the separation of families.

Ted Cruz is riding to the rescue of the President Trump and the Republican Party with a plan to extricate the GOP from the public relations bloodbath that it is experiencing from Trump Administration policies that result in immigrant children being separated from their parents.

Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) plans to introduce “emergency legislation” to resolve what he calls a situation that has “horrified” Americans. The senator plans to introduce the Protect Kids and Parents Act this week.

“All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers,” Crus said on his website. “This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week.”

The Cruz plan contains four main points:

· Double the number of immigration judges from 375 to 750

· Authorize new family shelters

· Mandate that families be kept together unless there is “aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children”

· Expedite asylum cases so that a decision will be made within 14 days

“Repeatedly, I have visited detention facilities tragically housing young children,” Cruz said. “For far too long, children have been the greatest victims of our broken immigration system, with tens of thousands of children who were detained under the Obama Administration and continuing through today, and with far too many of those children facing horrific physical or sexual assault from criminal human traffickers.”

Cruz continued, “The answer is not what congressional Democrats are proposing: simply releasing illegal aliens and returning to the failed policy of ‘catch and release.’ Rather, we should fix the backlog in immigration cases, remove the legal barriers to swift processing, and resolve asylum cases on an expedited basis.”

In a speech before the National Federation of Independent Businesses, President Trump appeared to fire back at Cruz’s proposal saying, “Ultimately, we have to have a real border, not judges.”

On Twitter, Trump doubled down on the zero-tolerance policy of arresting all illegal border crossers. “We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally,” the president tweeted.

As with many of the president’s policies, the separation of immigrant families is very unpopular except among Republicans. Overall, two-thirds of Americans oppose the policy in a new CNN poll while only 28 percent approve. Numbers are reversed for Republicans, the only group to approve, with 58 percent in favor and 35 percent against. Ominously for the midterms, independents oppose the president’s policy by more than two-to-one.

Among congressional Republicans, there seems to be widespread support for ending the separation of families. Several other congressmen are also working on proposals to fix the problem.

“We can fix this,” Cruz said. “If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week. And, we can honor the rule of law.”

[Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr]

Hey, @naraht, can I borrow that crystal ball when you get finished with it? There are some people I have never met who might be thinking things I'd like to know about, and you seem pretty confident about the accuracy of yours. Maybe I need to wait till @etbass is through with it, though. He says “Trump doesn't care because he isn't up for re-election in 2018” so he must be putting it through its paces.

et goes on to explain “On top of all of that, it is the right thing to do. We should not be separating children from their parents other the minimum time necessary to confirm that the adults are indeed their parents, other than the rare occasion that the parents are a safety risk to the children.” Which I guess means they should be in those jail cells with Mom and Dad, and all those other people confined for breaking the law.

@BenjaminD moans “It’s shocking to see the president intentionally cause suffering to children to promote his wall.” What’s really shocking, Benjy, is seeing someone just flat-out invent a scurrilous lie about someone, just rummage around in the clutter of his own mind to find something nasty enough to taste good when he regurgitates it.

These chlldren have been dragged across at least one large country to the border of another, where they have been expected to be part of breaking a law. They have been exposed to discomfort, fear, stress, danger and possible loss of life, imposed upon them by the people who are supposed to protect them and keep them safe. And now you claim that being cared for in a safe, homey environment, well housed and well fed, with beds and kids to play with, finally safe and secure, is “SUFFERING” to them? They have been through hell, thanks to those loving parents of theirs, and then they have been taken to a place of safety and comfort till they can be reunited with those loving parents.

Who, by the way, have made the CHOICE to play the Asylum Card to try to game the system, knowing that this will mean an extended stay in confinement. They are the ones whose decisions extend the time other people will have to take care of their kids.

You people are amazing in your willingness to sound abjectly and profoundly stupid just so you can wallow in your irrational hatreds.

You can't even address the merits or faults of Cruz's proposal, because all you ever see is a door you might nudge open into your own hate-driven pathologies.

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The biggest problem we have in this country is defined in the following paragraph:

"Overall, two-thirds of Americans oppose the policy in a new CNN poll while only 28 percent approve. Numbers are reversed for Republicans, the only group to approve, with 58 percent in favor and 35 percent against. Ominously for the midterms, independents oppose the president’s policy by more than two-to-one."

Those we have voted into office are altogether too often more intent on keeping their "jobs" than taking care of the business of this country, and too many people decide the worth of any plan based on which party came up with the idea of how to fix a problem. If it isn't "their party's proposal" it can't possibly be good. If it is "their party's proposal" it must be good, even if there are many very obvious flaws that will not be good for ALL of us. Our two party's and their gridlock is one of the worst problems we have today. They don't seem to be able to work together to come up with good solutions to our problems, and the polarizations of voters isn't helpful. Add in a biased media, which is the only way people can get their information, and we have a receipe for a disaster that is sure to come.

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Any and all suffering of these “ children” has been caused by their parents putting them in this precarious situation.

Cruz trying to build a consensus in the Senate? One of the most disliked person in that "august" body. Perhaps @naraht is onto something. Trump owns Cruz after Cruz couldn't stand up to Trump with regard to insults to his wife and then continues kissing Trump's orange rear.

Cruz said. “For far too long, children have been the greatest victims of our broken immigration system, with tens of thousands of children who were detained under the Obama Administration and continuing through today.

It is amazing the number of people who are ripping Trump to shreds over this issue but were silent when (I have read) that Obama was doing the same thing, perhaps in an even worse fashion than this administration. It all seems to end up if it is YOUR party that does it then it is o.k., but if it is THEIR party that does it, then lets make it into a terrible event. The pictures of children crammed into a room, with barely room to get to the bathroom if necessary, were reported as taken during the Obama years.

It is so dicouraging to watch our country torn apart solely because of partisanship. It isn't just this issue, but many more issues where people do nothing but toe their party line while doing their best to tear apart the other side. As a disclaimer, I vote for which ever person I think will do the best job, regardless of party affiliation. If we have more of that we could solve a lot more of our country's problems.

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