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Warren on family separation policy: Trump is ‘taking America to a dark and ugly place’

Greg Nash

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy on Tuesday, arguing that President Trump is “taking America to a dark and ugly place.”

In an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” the liberal Democrat urged Republicans to convince Trump to apply prosecutorial discretion and end the mass separation of children from adults who face charges for illegally crossing the southern border.

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“This one hits deep, where America lives. Not just Democrat America, [but] Republican America, independent America, people who just don’t care about politics,” Warren said.

“People who say, ‘This is not what America does. We do not put small children in cages,’ ” Warren continued. “What I care about is whether people push Trump to stop this, that’s where we need to be right now.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that as many as 2,000 migrant children were separated from their families in a period of six weeks between April and May of this year, a result of the Trump administration’s policy of prosecuting every adult who crosses the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

During a press briefing Monday at the White House, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen laid the blame for the policy at the feet of Congress, saying lawmakers need to fix broader immigration problems rather than ask DHS not to enforce the law.

“This entire crisis, just to be clear, is not new,” Nielsen asserted. “Currently, it is the exclusive product of loopholes in our federal immigration laws that prevent illegal immigrant minors and family members from being detained and removed to their home countries.”

“Congress and the courts created this system, and Congress alone can fix it,” she added.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday voiced support for an immigration bill that would end the separation of children from their parents and guardians at the border, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) saying Republicans need to fix the problem through legislation.

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