U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke on the senate floor Monday on a plan to reintroduce the Humane Act, which aims to keep apprehended immigrant parents and their children together as they await court hearings, according to a Sen. John Cornyn press release.
Sen. @JohnCornyn: “We have to keep family members together to prevent unnecessary hardship, stress and outrage. The good news is we have it within our power to find a better way…”
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While speaking on his plan, Sen. Cornyn also expressed his disapproval in the current policy of separating parents from their children at the border:
‘We have to keep family members together and prevent unnecessary hardship, stress, and outrage. The good news is we have it within our power to find a better way because parents who are awaiting court proceedings shouldn’t have to do so separated from their children, and children shouldn’t be taken from their parents and left frightened and confused about where they are and what is transpiring around them.’‘In 2014, I introduced a bipartisan bill called the HUMANE Act with my colleague, Representative Henry Cuellar of Laredo, Texas. I plan to soon reintroduce an updated version of that legislation. It will include provisions that mitigate the problem of family separation while improving the immigration court process for unaccompanied children and families apprehended at the border.’‘I would ask our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to take a hard look at this bill and to work together to find a reasonable solution for this component of the crisis at our border.’
Cornyn urged his colleagues on both sides to reconsider the Humane Act bill in order to provide a different solution to the situation along the U.S. – Mexico border.