Ted Cruz Will Intro Bill to End Family Separations
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced on Monday that he will introduce a bill to stop the separation of immigrant families along the border. Cruz's proposal would require immigrant families detained along the border would remain together "absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children." It would also require that asylum cases are adjudicated within 14 days, approve new temporary shelters for immigrant families and increase the number of immigrant judges. “We should fix the backlog in immigration cases, remove the legal barriers to swift processing, and resolve asylum cases on an expedited basis,” Cruz stated. “While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers.” Once their cases have been adjudicated, Cruz says those who meet the legal standard should be granted asylum and those who don’t should be immediately returned to their home country. Some denounced the proposed legislation, saying it would speed up the removal of most asylum seekers. More here.