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Manchin, GOP Candidates Join Democrats in Opposing Child Separation

AFP is urging incumbents to support rescission.

June 19, 2018, 10:44 a.m.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D) said Monday he will co-sponsor the bill to forbid the forced separation of children from their parents at the border, making him the final Democrat to join the effort.

Manchin: “I am wholeheartedly opposed to any policy that allows innocent children to be separated from their parents as they enter our country. … But I am actively working with my Republican colleagues to find solutions to the issues that are not addressed in the Keep Families Together Act.” (release)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a day after defending the separation of children from their families at the border, introduced a bill that would “mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.”

Cruz: “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.” (release)

Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) “said he does not support the policy of separating families, and called on Congress to act to solve the problem.”

Former Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R): “Congress has repeatedly failed to address border security, one of the top issues for voters in Arizona, while my opponents Reps. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have allowed this humanitarian crisis to persist for years—under several administrations—without making any effort to fix it.”

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s (R-AZ) “campaign re-iterated that the former sheriff believes the United States is a nation of laws and that the immigration laws on the books should be enforced.” (ABC)

McSally: “We need to enforce our laws in a consistent and humane manner and (Homeland Security) should not have to choose between enforcing the law and keeping children with their parents. … My immigration bill, which I’ve been working on since last September, fixes this by allowing children to stay with their parents as they undergo due process. I hope we can get a version of my bill out of the House this week and on the President’s desk immediately to address many urgent issues like this.” (Arizona Republic)

Sinema: “The administration’s choice to separate families at the border is wrong—they should stop immediately. I’m ready to work with anyone to fix our broken immigration system, secure our border, & protect our communities.” (Twitter)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) “weighed in Monday on the child separation controversy at the southern border, saying he opposes the Trump administration policy but blaming Washington at large for having ‘failed to secure our borders.’” (Tampa Bay Times)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R): “Nobody wants to see children and parents separated, just like no one should want to see illegal drugs and gangs pouring across our border. … But none of that will change until [Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)] and the D.C. crowd take some responsibility and build the wall and secure the border.” (Washington Post)

“Mitt Romney (R-UT) called on the Trump administration Monday to stop separating immigrant families at the southern border, calling the controversy a ‘humanitarian crisis.’” Romney: “I believe the right answers will be held with the administration and the Congress working together.” (Washington Post)

Pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin (R-NJ): “I oppose children being separated from their parents. It should stop immediately.” (Bergen Record)

CUT IT OUT. AFP launched digital ads urging the following senators to “slash $15 billion in wasteful spending” by supporting rescission: Sens. Heller, Manchin, Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Tina Smith (D-MN) and Jon Tester (D-MT). (release)

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