Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is probably trying to one-up his challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke who condemned the inhumane treatment of migrant children at the border and then on Father’s Day, led a march to the tent city facility for children who have been separated from their parents by the Trump administration.
So, Cruz introduced a bill this week to stop the forced separation of families at the U.S. border, but if the Texas Senator was genuine, he would have signed on to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Keep Families Together Act.
49 Democratic Senators did sign it, but not Cruz.
Trump, by the way, is blaming Democrats again on Twitter for his own policy, a policy that he could reverse with the stroke of a pen and Cruz knows that.
The Protect Kids and Parents Act which Cruz introduced, would provide more resources for immigration judges to adjudicate asylum claims in just 14 days and require the federal government to keep immigrant families together “absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children” but while that sounds good on the surface, that’s a nearly impossible feat, according to ThinkProgress.
The Obama administration already tried to fast-track the process:
Two weeks is not nearly enough time to adequately put together an asylum claim. The average asylum case can eat up about 50 hours of a single lawyer’s time, and they typically work on multiple cases at once. Some immigration lawyers claim they’re still working on cases from 10 or more years ago.”
In addition, Cruz’s bill would require doubling the number of federal immigration judges from about 375 to 750 as well as authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together. Trump could, by the way, transfer judges and their supporting staff from other federal courts. Trump could end this twisted policy of his right now.
Cruz is excellent at flip-flopping:
The day before he announced this new legislation, Cruz defended the policy, telling reporters in San Antonio, Texas, “When you see reporters, when you see Democrats saying, ‘Don’t separate kids from their parents,’ what they’re really saying is don’t arrest illegal aliens.”
Photographs and accounts from inside immigrant detention centers have emerged, sparking outrage from Democrats and some Republicans.
The controversial immigration policy was introduced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April but Trump continues to blame Democrats for his own heartless policy.
Feinstein’s bill would prohibit removing a child from a parent within 100 miles of the U.S. border. In contrast, Cruz’s proposal would ultimately leave Trump’s zero tolerance policy in place. Republicans know that Trump’s policy is inhumane and unpopular but the feckless cowards are afraid to call their president out.
This is Donald Trump’s Katrina.
Oh, and by the way, it’s World Refugee Day.