McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people'

McCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people'

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.) called on the Trump administration to rescind its "zero tolerance" border policy at the southern border on Monday, calling the policy separating families "an affront to the decency of the American people." 

McCain's criticism comes as the administration moves to defend itself from a barrage of bipartisan criticism. 

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Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhy Biden's Interior Department isn't shutting down oil and gas Biden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Alaska) also called for the administration to end the policy on Monday, and GOP Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (Texas) announced he would be introducing legislation to end the practice. 

"While I have said that this is a policy discussion that needs to be had, in my view we should not have a policy designed to separate families, particularly mothers with young children, without a clear process and focus on the needs of the children," Murkowski said in a statement. 

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenEx-Trump official: 'No. 1 national security threat I've ever seen' is GOP Left-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' MORE and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on the criticism during the White House press briefing on Monday, saying that the administration was simply enforcing the law, and pressed Congress to change the laws pertaining to the policy. 

“We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it,” Sanders said. “But we’re actually the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.”