Tuesday, June 19, 2018

All 49 Senate Democrats Have Signed On To 'Keep Families Together' Act

Donald Trump continues to lie in blaming Congressional Democrats for his own administration's policy of separating children from migrants at the southern border of the U.S.
Donald Trump
UPDATE - All 49 Senate Democrats have now sponsored the Keep Families Together Act.

I'd say that's "doing something."

Your move, Donald Trump.


Donald Trump went on a Monday morning Twitter rant about his administration's harmful policy of separating children from migrant parents at the U.S. southern border.

In the past two months, over 2,000 children have been separated from their families according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Once again lamenting that it's the Democrats in Congress who won't fix the current policy - when it was implemented by Trump's own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions - Trump tweeted, "Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws?"

The fact of the matter is there is a bill in the Senate that would stop Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. There are currently 43 Democratic co-sponsors and zero Republicans.

What probably kicked off Trump's rant was former First Lady Laura Bush's op-ed in The Washington Post this morning calling for a more humane and moral solution.

I live in a border state. I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international boundaries, but this zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.

Our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. We also know that this treatment inflicts trauma; interned Japanese have been two times as likely to suffer cardiovascular disease or die prematurely than those who were not interned.

In 2018, can we not as a nation find a kinder, more compassionate and more moral answer to this current crisis? I, for one, believe we can.

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