A lot of politicians are calling on President Trump to end his ‘zero tolerance’ policy when it comes to illegal immigration.
Since it was implemented back in mid-April, about 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the U-S Mexico border in the past several weeks.
Some of the images and video have been heart wrenching.
Hundreds of unaccompanied child immigrants arrested at the U.S. border with Mexico are now being held in cages created with metal fencing at a family detention facility in southern Texas.
It has sparked numerous protests across the country.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said.
At the White House, President Trump said his administration is being scapegoated for enforcing existing immigration laws and is calling on Congress to enact new legislation.
Congresswoman Kristi Noem says “This debate only highlights the challenges that come when we don’t secure our border. We must cut down illegal border crossings before our country can accurately address the problems within our legal immigration system.”
U-S Senator Mike Rounds says “Attempting to illegally enter the country is a crime that jeopardizes our national security. However, individuals who legally request asylum and are following the law should not be worried about being separated at the border, and to our knowledge that is not happening.”
We also reached out to Senator John Thune, who says “This is a symptom of the underlying problems with our immigration system, which are critical to address. No one wants to see children separated from their parents. We need a policy that enforces the law, secures our border, and keeps families together.”