U.S. House Republicans continue to work on a compromise immigration bill. A vote scheduled for today has been delayed until next week. Senator Ben Sasse says there is a different story on the U.S. Senate side. He says it is highly unlikely that the Senate will beat the House “to the punch” in coming up with a bill to move forward. He says there are three common things that all Americans need to know when debating immigration.
Number one, Sasse says whenever possible, kids and parents should be kept together.
Sass says number two, “Crummy immigration laws, like “catch and release” are magnets for illegal immigration generally but human trafficking in particular. We have lots of evidence of this. Bad guys know that if they come to the border with a kid, under Obama-era rules, “catch and release”, they were treated more leniently than if they didn’t come with a kid. This incentivizes illegal immigration generally but it also incentivizes illegal immigration with kids and many are traffickers. Some of the people claiming to arrive as families are not really families. They are fraudulently using kids as props in that.”
Third, Sasse says every American should agree that we don’t take children hostage. He says you should never use children in a legislative debate. He is pleased that President Trump signed an executive order that stops the separation of children at the border. Work is underway to reunite those families.