Rauner: Separating children from parents is 'bad policy'

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ILLINOIS (WAND) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is taking a stand against the separation of children and parents at the southern U.S. border.

He says the practice, which puts children in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services if parents are caught illegally crossing the border, is the wrong way to go.

“I am calling for us to end the policy of separating families,” Rauner said. “It is bad policy, it’s wrong (and) it’s heartbreaking. It’s not the moral thing to do. We need to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration, but separating families is not the right answer.”

In recent days, President Trump blamed Democrats for the policy. An NBC News report says the separation of children from parents is actually part of a “zero-tolerance” policy against Illegal immigration, which the president's administration put into place in April 2018. Previous measures allowed parents and children to remain together in shelters before legal action.

Democrats and Republicans are working together to allow families to stay whole, NBC News reports. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) says he hopes the two sides can “get this problem addressed right away”. The network says Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is pushing a letter to people on both sides of the aisle that would ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stop the separation practice while lawmakers work on an answer.

The network says House GOP leaders put together a compromise bill that would allow families to be together with the Department of Homeland Security throughout criminal proceedings, specifically when the crime concerns first-time illegal border-crossers. It also would take out a 20-day cap on DHS custody for children who are with guardians.

On Twitter, President Trump called for lawmakers to change “ridiculous and obsolete” immigration laws. He said Democrats want immigrants to “infest” America, adding that he believes the party sees illegal immigrants as potential voters.

“Get it done, always keeping in mind that we must have stronger border security,” the president said.  

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