John Lewis: History will not be kind to us if we continue to go down this road
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Rep. John LewisJohn LewisGeorgia makes it easier to get mail-in ballots after delaying primary Kennedy said DSCC prevented him from helping Democrats flip GOP seats Pelosi stands firm amid calls to close Capitol MORE (D-Ga.) on Wednesday called for the Trump administration to end its controversial immigration policy that is separating children from parents when families are caught illegally crossing the border.

"Our nation is mourning. Our nation is crying out to save our little children. Save our babies,” Lewis said while addressing the House during the morning hour, where members are permitted to speak on any topic.

“History will not be kind to us as a nation and as a people if we continue to go down this road. We must stop the madness and stop it now,” he said.   

Lewis was a key civil rights leader in the 1960s as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

The Georgia Democrat’s remarks arrive as more visuals and accounts from inside immigrant detention centers emerge, prompting a considerable backlash to Trump's policy from both Republicans and Democrats. 

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The House and Senate are both working on measures that would overturn the policy, though Democrats have pointed out that a solution needs no legislation since Trump could just issue a new order that families be detained together.

The controversial immigration policy introduced by Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings MORE last month seeks prosecution for any adult crossing the border illegally.

Border agents have reportedly separated 2,342 children from parents as part of the new policy since the strict enforcement began.