Every single Democratic Senator has signed on to a bill to limit Donald Trump’s arbitrary child kidnapping policy:
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday became the 49th Democrat to sign onto a bill intended to halt family separations for immigrants accused of trying to cross the border illegally.
Every Senate Democrat is now a co-sponsor of the legislation which would prohibit children from being separated from their parents within 100 miles of the U.S. border except for instances of abuse, neglect or other specific circumstances.
Here is a comprehensive list of Republican senators who support the bill:
Here is the New York Times take:
These “leading Republicans” include:
- A woman who has never held elected office from a family that does oppose Trump and hence has no influence within the party
- Some vague statements from the current First Lady that — as the story concedes! — essentially advances Trump’s narrative that Democrats are forcing him to pursue a policy he could in fact end unilaterally
- A senator who is not a “leading Republican” and has also defended the policy to constituents and opposes the Democratic proposal to limit them, but is certainly in favor of concerned tweets and joining Jeff Flake in some brow-furrowing.
- That is all.
So this claim is based on one (1) elected official, who comes from a state Clinton carried, and yet refuses to join Democratic senators running for re-election in states Trump carried by double-digits. So, really, both sides are opposed to Trump’s bad policies, both parties are really the same, no need to give any particular credit to one party or the other.
…here’s what Collins, along with every other member of the Republican conference, is fine with doing nothing to stop:
The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.
The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. “Well, we have an orchestra here,” he jokes. “What’s missing is a conductor.”
Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says she’s memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. “My mommy says that I’ll go with my aunt,” she whimpers, “and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.”