It really does appear as if both the Trump administration and the Democrats in Congress are perfectly willing to use migrant kids as a political cudgel to beat each other up.
Thankfully, Ted Cruz just dropped a proposal to solve the issue without trying to use it for political gain.
David French likes it, and posted a summary:
This, from @tedcruz, seems focused and precise. He's not seeking to leverage the plight of kids for some sort of grand legislative bargain. Here are the key points from his legislation. Objections? I'd like to hear them in the replies below: pic.twitter.com/lCkUNpnvup— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 18, 2018
Sen. Ted Cruz announced a new bill Monday to stop family separations at the border, calling for a massive infusion of money and manpower to solve the problem without going back to the days of catch-and-release.
The Texan is the latest Republican to say he is appalled by the images from the border showing befuddled children being taken from their parents, who are being carried off to jail for having jumped the border illegally.
Mr. Cruz, though, said he rejected Democrats’ answer of releasing the illegal immigrant families, saying that would create a loophole more migrants would try to exploit by arriving as families.
Instead, he called for fast hearings, quick asylum for those who qualify and speedy deportations for those who don’t qualify. And he said families should to be kept in detention — together — until that happens.
“While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers,” he said. “Once their cases have been adjudicated – under my legislation, in no longer than 14 days – those who meet the legal standard should be granted asylum and those who don’t should be immediately returned to their home country.”
This seems like a good compromise. Which means it won’t pass because politicians are incentivized to be outraged instead of finding solutions. At least Cruz shows he’s actually trying to solve the issue.
Here’s more from Cruz today as he questioned FBI director Chris Wray: