Sen. Cruz will be introducing legislation to curb instances child separation along the U.S. border.

Cruz explained Monday:

While the full text of the Protect Kids and Parents Act is not yet available, Cruz claims the bill will curb child separation by doing the following:

  • Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
  • Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

Cruz is up for re-election this fall and will square off against Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Finding bi-partisan support in an immigration issue that’s drawn national outrage certainly won’t hurt him in the race.

Reporting is all over the place on the border/child separation issue that has only recently drawn an incredible amount of attention from the media. Everyone on every side (including the people that brought them here) are using these children in some way for some particular reason. It’s gross on every side and I have no idea which reports are overblown and which are accurate.

That said, this exposition from Rich Lowry is the best bit I’ve read on the issue thus far and one that navigates away from emotion to explain regulations and the circumstances they’ve created.

Much of the media expects the government to somehow, without following lawmaking or rulemaking regulatory procedures, fix the problem.

The Trump administration has implored Congress to fix the loop holes that require a child to be removed from their parent’s custody pending hearing. Cruz, it would seem, has accepted the challenge.

So, game on.


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