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What’s inside Sen. Cruz’s emergency legislation to prevent immigrant child separation?

What’s inside Sen. Cruz’s emergency legislation to prevent immigrant child separation?

“If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week. And, we can honor the rule of law.”

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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No, No, NO!

This is why Donald Trump is President, and Cruz is just another GOP senator. Cruz is easily stampeded; Trump identifies what’s important, and thereafter sticks to his guns.

Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct

Illegal “immigration” is ALREADY criminal conduct!!! So throw in that “aggravated” rubbish, and that makes it OK? It does not. Dragging children along to serve as your “get out of jail free” cards is abuse, and a crime. The solution? Start treating it like a crime, and treat criminals like criminals. Anybody sneaking into the country is, by definition, a criminal, not a refugee. Asylum is off the table. Finis, end of story, no whining. Maybe when Americans start taking our laws seriously, foreigners will get a clue.

All Republicans who hope to be anything better than mere time-servers have to get with the program, and STOP SURRENDERING. Stop surrendering to child abusers, stop surrendering to Leftoids, stop surrendering to the Press.

    rdmdawg in reply to tom_swift. | June 18, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Holy hell, this guy nails it. I was shocked when Cruz used the phrase ‘our broken immigration system’ which is trademarked by the left. I highly regret my voting for this clown for the Republican nomination now.

    The ‘immigration system’ isn’t broken, you politicians just refuse to enforce it.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rdmdawg. | June 18, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      I see Ted handing out welcome teddy bears at the border……Cruz has had a problematic relationship with the NBPC that includes approximately 16,500 of our nations Border Patrol agents. Shortly after Breitbart Texas brought the border crisis to national prominence with the June 2014 release of over forty internal photos depicting overcrowded Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, Senator Cruz stepped in front of the many cameras that flocked to the region to pass out teddy bears with Glenn Beck. He later visited Arizona’s Tucson Sector — but only as he was competing in the state’s Republican presidential primary and residents were voting. In that case, Breitbart Texas has confirmed that Senator Cruz reached out to CBP instead of to the agents themselves. CBP declined to participate due to concerns over the Hatch Act. Senator Cruz went to the border with ranchers.

    Dr P in reply to tom_swift. | June 19, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    It is the OPPOSITE of surrender.

    Cruz goes after the cause of the problem in a humane way.

    Have to wait for a hearing on detention? Speed up the process by hiring more judges. Then when the folks lose – ship them back home.

    Do NOT let them loose inside the US.

It’s actually a pretty sensible reaction to the problem. The entier question is “what do you do, if not that?” Apparently a lot of people, even those on our side, don’t realize that the Dem’s are pushing for “catch and release”. That is what we do NOT want, but the question then is, what to do if not that?

Expanding temporary supervised shelters, which are NOT mixed in with hard core criminals, seems to be a good answer to the problem, as does every other part of this bill.

    Liberty Bell in reply to Tom Servo. | June 19, 2018 at 7:47 am

    The Democrat policy should not be called catch and release. It is really catch, release and vote Democrat. Tightly coupled is the Democrat push for no voter id. Coming next from your Democrat Party, voting rights for illegal aliens.

“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.”

Game. Set. Match.

So… if the claims can’t be resolved within those 14 days… …what then?

    EdD in reply to JBourque. | June 18, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Catch and Release

    In 14 days, if things settle down and the amnesty-scammers are weeded out, a judge should be able to filter these cases down to three categories.
    1) No way in heck. Send them home.
    2) Well, maybe. Temporary extension for a week or so.
    3) You know, this sounds pretty plausible.

    I suspect there’s a huge number of the first case. Large numbers of the aliens apprehended at the border are carefully prompted with what phrases to say.

I believe that this is a very smart move on the part of Cruz. Unless I am missing something, all it does is speed up the process, but leave the underlying laws in place. Now it puts the Dems in the position of put up or shut up. The Dems would much rather use this as a political wedge issue than to solve it – which is their standard modus operandi. It will cost some money – more judges and facilities – but that is a small price to pay for putting the Dems on the spot. I wonder what Trump thinks about this. I’ll trust his judgment since he keeps proving to be far wiser than I (the first president I’m willing to say this about since Reagan).

    JohnSmith100 in reply to topcat69. | June 19, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    “all it does is speed up the process”

    No, it also greatly increases waste of taxpayer money. Great savings can be had with bullets.

Back in the 80’s the progressives swore that if Reagan would sign the amnesty bill there would be tighter laws and programs so this would not happen again.

FU Cruz! These are illegal aliens. Deport them and let their country sort it out. If they have accumulated any wealth while in the USA it needs to be confiscated. If they are caught illegally returning to the USA it is a capitol offense with a sentence of death.

BTW: I have no problem with somebody who legally immigrated.

Is he campaigning for that moron from El Paso?

JusticeDelivered | June 18, 2018 at 9:24 pm

What I want to see are loopholes which allow illegals to get in and stay, plugged. Illegals are imposing staggering costs on American taxpayers. Considering how many are already here, there should be a moratorium for ten to twenty years on any additional immigrants from latin America, the only exception being for those who have exceptional skills which we need.

Remember when Cruz and Glen Beck went to border to hand out teddy bears. This action by Cruz is no surprise. Cruz is not Trump and not a populist. Cruz is an opportunist conservative.

But but he did memorize the constitution when he was an infant.

And the difference between knowledge and wisdom is the difference between Cruz and Trump.

Cruz the idol of Rags and Beck. All one needs to know.

stevewhitemd | June 18, 2018 at 9:32 pm

I think Tom Servo and topcat69 nail it. Think a moment what his proposal (that’s all it is, we haven’t seen the legislation) does:

First, it doubles the number of administrative law judges that rule on asylum cases. That has to be good (so long as the judges obey the law, of course). We get speedier rulings, and the ones who fail to meet the legal standard are deported more quickly. Once the backlog is done those judges will be helping to enforce our immigration laws in any number of ways. And who gets to appoint them? Why, President Trump, of course. His judicial picks have been very good up and down the line, so letting him appoint a few hundred immigration law judges strikes me as double-plus good.

Second, we get an upgrade to detention facilities. Nothing wrong with that. I don’t mind families staying together (the usual etceteras prevail) pending a hearing.

Third, we return serve to the Democrats. “You want to fix the problem instead of using it as a political football? Sign here.” We all know what the Dems are doing, and this will help the country understand as well. And if they DO sign, they’re endorsing a law that they helped write a couple decades ago.

To those who say, as Tsquared did, “deport them and let their country sort it out”, well, yes. But as we’re a country of law, our law is currently saying, “deport them after you do this and this.” Okay, fine. Let’s ensure that we follow our law just as we demand immigrants follow our law.

Remember who’s in favor of weakening the law, immigration law and beyond. That’s who we want to stop. Cruz is playing a smart gambit here, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he’s coordinating with the White House on this.

Want to stop the asylum abuse? It is simple.

1)Build the wall to help keep people out of the country.

2) Change the law to deny entry to anyone seeking asylum from any country outside the nation which abuts the US at the point of entry. In other words, only Mexican can enter the US for an asylum hearing. Everyone else gets to wait in Mexico and present their petition for entry.

3) Refuse to entertain an asylum request from anyone caught entering, or attempting to enter, the country in an irregular manner or who has been deported previously.

DO NOT MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO ENTER THIS COUNTRY. Contrary to popular belief, we do n ot need any more unskilled people with little or no English language skills.

Cruz is running for office. So, NOW he feels the need to get involved in a practice which has existed for 25 years. Way to stay on top of things, Senator.

“If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics… And, we can honor the rule of law.”

Ted, I love you: but stop your silly dreaming.

I guess the outrage over the abuse of the children has been growing for a while. Just took a bit of time eh?

Obama administration placed children with human traffickers, report says
Keeping traack of those who also have been separated from family, usually by death from illegal aliens. Surprised it doesn’t get more air time by the msm….just kidding, not surprised at all.

healthguyfsu | June 18, 2018 at 11:13 pm

I’m not entirely against his talking points, but I’d need to see the teeth of it before I’d agree or disagree as people have done here.

Regardless, he would need Dem support if what’s in it is what he says because it will be a highly contentious line in the sand for GOPers. It’s also easy for the con artist party to shoot down; Dems can easily find something they, the antifa types, and the minority contingents don’t like (the expedited decisions, for example, can be a grandstand soapbox for “how this will set up an unjust system without proper representation and due process”)

It’s not a bad proposal, but you can be sure that if it even comes close to being implemented, the left and their media allies will start screaming that the detention centers are Nazi concentration camps.

Obvious problem:

Per HHS, 85% of “families” apprehended are not related at all.

This is why the current policy is in place under an ’08 law targeting human trafficking.

It deliberately separates until they can determine if the minor is actually the child of the adult(s) – which for over 10,000 of the current 12,000 minors detained was found NOT to be the case.

The problem is: if illegal alien adult is captured, they get deported. But, if they have a kid with them they go into the system, separated, and then released into the US interior after 20 days pending the adult’s hearing – set for 9 months later, that almost none show up for.

So all the coyotes know: put unaccompanied minors with random adults, and everyone gets in.

The kids, of course, tend to get raped repeatedly and then sold into the sex trade, of as slave labor in the US – but, hey, eventually they’ll grow up and vote Democrat and that’s really all that matters.

Cruz’ bill is incredibly naive.

He actually thinks these are family units.

DHS Secretary was talking about what I mentioned above just today, and a couple days ago in New Orleans.

Doubling the judges is good, expediting deportations is good, keeping kids detained with the same non-relative that has likely been raping them – not so smart.

    Ragspierre in reply to Aarradin. | June 19, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Give us a link to support that, please.

      Bucky Barkingham in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 7:35 am

      Wattsa matta? Your Google not working?

        Ragspierre in reply to Bucky Barkingham. | June 19, 2018 at 8:22 am

        Yep. My “google” (which I don’t use) returned no results supporting the literally incredible bullshit published above. It must be broken.

        Help me out. Provide a link that says that 85% of detained children are NOT in the company of their parents.

          tphillip in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 8:47 am

          “ep. My “google” (which I don’t use)” and “It must be broken.”

          Which is it Rags? Is it broken (Which means it didn’t return results due to a malfunction) or do you not use Google (Which means you have no results)? An how did you get results if you don’t use Google and it’s broken?

          I hope you don’t talk like this in a court room. It’ll garner laughs, but not a lot of cases in yout favor.

          “Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen revealed Monday that 10,000 of the 12,000 children detained at the border came to the border without parents”

          If you Google Nielsen you’ll find lots and lots of quotes. It’s from her mouth. Feel free to declare her a liar. She is not a personal friend of mine – I will not take offense. But it is she, and not “a link”, that is the source of the claim.

          Also it should have taken 20 seconds to determine this but I digress.

          Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 9:16 am

          “Per HHS, 85% of “families” apprehended are not related at all.”

          That was the claim.

          Are you seriously so stupid that you can’t distinguish two very distinct populations?

          There were a flood of unaccompanied minors that Barracula encouraged to come here.

          They are separate and distinct from the families and children who are NOW the subject of this controversy.

          JohnSmith100 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm

          “Help me out.”

          Some people are beyond help.

          Milhouse in reply to Ragspierre. | June 21, 2018 at 2:38 am

          tphillip displaying his usual stupidity.

          do you not use Google (Which means you have no results)?

          is an obvious falsehood. There is no need to use Google in order to get results. Rags’s meaning is perfectly clear. His “google”, which is not actually Google, returned no results supporting Arradin’s false claim. Therefore it “must be broken”.

        JohnSmith100 in reply to Bucky Barkingham. | June 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm

        Some people are too lazy, or too dumb to do a search.

          Doesn’t help when he doesn’t specify which claim he considers to be a lie. Well, whatever, life’s too short.

          I don’t know where that other claim comes from, so I have nothing to contribute about it…

          Ragspierre in reply to JohnSmith100. | June 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

          Some people are neither, but they aren’t gullible enough to unquestioningly swallow patently outrageous claims.

          Some people politely ask for support of claims. Some idiots just embrace any bullshit they think supports their tribe.

Oh for crying out loud. I haven’t seen this much stupidity crowded into one thread since I’ve been following this blog.

    Mac45 in reply to txvet2. | June 19, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Can you be a little bit more specific? After all we have two opposing points of view being displayed here.

More changing laws because the optics don’t look good? Eff that.

How about NO asylum? How about we have a list (a very small one) that is of countries that ppl deserve asylum here because they are so bad. Then, the Border Patrol can easily make the decision and if there needs to be research then send them back to wait for it.

Our soft hearts will soon result in more and more coming till we can no longer function or are taken over by liberals.

How about legislation to build the damn wall and asylumm seekers apply at a US consul. Not here after getting in.

Enough of the emotional charade put on by the left. We know they’re capable of it and quit willing to put on a show of lies.

clayusmcret | June 19, 2018 at 7:01 am

Trump swore an oath that he would enforce the laws of the land. Unlike recent previous presidents, he’s following through and actually enforcing those laws. So who’s really the despicable person? Those who will or won’t enforce the laws?

Anyone else notice how the faux outrage concerning illegal alien child separation was kicked off to coincide with and take pressure (read as news coverage) away from having to report on the FBI’s IG report?

Bucky Barkingham | June 19, 2018 at 7:38 am

In spite of Cruz’s former border antics with Glen Beck I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on his proposal, for now. To me it looks like he is calling the Leftist’s bluff, knowing that they would much rather have the issue than solve it. Anything short of open borders with full government support for the “entrants”, Merkel style, will be unacceptable to them.

    I’m not going to judge until I find out what happens after the 14 days are up, as will be the case for many many thousands.

      oldgoat36 in reply to JBourque. | June 19, 2018 at 10:07 am

      14 days seems very quick for anything the government does, and there needs to be very specific guides for what happens when that time is exceeded? With the massive numbers still crossing over, I’m not sure even adding what is proposed would be enough to handle the numbers.

      The wall would help some, even if it is to concentrate the points of entry, making it easier to apprehend.

      The use of the children is child abuse, and the numbers who are there without real family is reportedly quite substantial. Of course the media is pushing this, and the erroneous reports, of which the media seems to excel at, don’t matter, to far too many of the left facts don’t matter, emotions and the first to report stories is more important than accuracy. The media knows this, and while they sometimes update their stories later, most don’t care that it was false, nor do they look at the updates and retractions.

      Our immigration laws are problematic, they need to be fixed, but by making them stronger, with harsh measures against those coming illegally. The money being sent out of the country is another thing which needs addressed, and laws made to make the economic incentives for illegals expensive for them when caught.

In truth there are damn few refugees seeking asylum. If that were true they would stop in the first country they arrived at and ask for asylum there but they don’t.

They don’t even apply for asylum in Mexico. Isn’t Mexico part of nafta how can part of the North American Free Trade Association be a shithole country? If they are not stable enough for refugees they are not stable enough to be in any kind of economic union with America.

These are illegals drawn for jobs that allow employers to shift costs to the public and fire those sweet public goodies. It needs to be shut down circa 1982. Way past time to put this puppy to bed. Send them all back. Deport those here. Don’t let them use children as pawns.

They literally risk their children’s lives or outright sell them to coyotes, human traffickers, and ngos to exploit and scam Americans out of trillions.

End this. Build the wall. Refuse all entry.

Cruz’ bill will have one of two outcomes: either it will fix the problem or it will expose Democrats as demagogues.


    Mac45 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    The only useful analysis is this article is that Cruz is running for reelection in a border state this year.

    So, let’s take a look at Ted’s wish list.

    1) double the number of judges hearing asylum cases. If it takes 9 months to hear an asylum case now, this would reduce that wait time to 4.5 months [18 weeks or 126 days]. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? But
    2) limit in-custody time for families seeking asylum to 14 days. This would make it impossible to hold ANY of these people, as it now takes 252 days to hear an asylum case and, under the Cruz plan, would still take 129 days. So, exactly how is the government supposed to determine if someone actually qualifies for asylum in that period of time? This is nothing more than catch and release.
    3) Authorize new temporary shelters [I assume that he means detention centers] which would allow immigrant families to be housed together. How much is THIS going to COST the American taxpayer?
    4) House immigrant families together. Exactly how do we determine if an adult is actually the parent of a minor child? Take their unsupported word for it? Illegal immigrants never lie, do they?

    This is proposal is ridiculous.

      Ragspierre in reply to Mac45. | June 19, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Apparently you man-crush is on board. Eat it.

        murkyv in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 9:55 pm

        Why not address the points Mac made?

        It’s what you demand of others, ya know.

        The logistics and cost seem like valid questions.

        Do we build apartment complexes for them? Guarded FEMA trailer camps?

        Inquiring minds want to know how, exactly, do we house families and insure the safety of the children while we sort out if they are actually “families” or not?

          Ragspierre in reply to murkyv. | June 19, 2018 at 10:06 pm

          Then you should address them. His bullshit is academic, given that we have proposals to address the issues from the House, Senate, and POTUS.

          The FACT is that we did all this during the Bush years.

          Do you figure that the cost of a two-track system of detention is LESS expensive than housing families intact? So much illogic…

        Mac45 in reply to Ragspierre. | June 19, 2018 at 10:19 pm

        Once again, Rags is either unable, or unwilling, to provide any meaningful rebuttal to mu points. He comes up with some argument about a two track system of detention, whatever that means, is somehow more expensive that providing a five to six track system; single adult male, single adult female, family unit [this would likely require the family units to be segregated from one another, in family apartments, if you have both male and female adults], family unit female adult parent only, unaccompanied teenage male minors and unaccompanied teenage female minors.

        Once you allow asylum seekers into the country, this whole situation becomes nearly unmanageable. The law has to be changed to deny entry to asylum seekers who are not Mexican or Canadian nationals and seek to enter by way of those countries. And to deny anyone who attempts to enter, or enters, this country improperly OR who has been previously deported asylum.

Remember Cruz is the one that asks why parents did not love their children enough to NOT break the law in the first place.

Migration issue or immigration issue???

Place United Nations offices for asylum reporting on the Mexican side of the border [the migrants are skipping and by-passing the official offices which are along the way];

Close the borders;
A visa or proof of citizenship/legal residency must be used to enter the US.

Seeking asylum is not illegal – yes – it is a right.
BUT entering another country without – without – legal documentation IS ILLEGAL…….
It is also the right of each nation to protect its citizens.

These people walked right past the UN offices where they were REQUIRED to report for asylum – but – instead they ignored the rules ……………