Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us'

Dem lawmaker: Migrant family separation policy 'is on all of us'
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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) on Sunday called the Trump administration’s policy of cracking down on illegal border crossings, which has led to the separation of migrant families, “inhumane,” but acknowledged it is the responsibility of all lawmakers.

"This is inhumane. I’d like to say it’s un-American but it’s happening right now in America," O'Rourke said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"And it is on all of us, not just the Trump administration. This is on all of us," he added.


O'Rourke's comments came hours before he is scheduled to tour a facility in Texas where migrant children are being held.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases MORE announced last month that the Justice Department would enact a "zero tolerance" policy and aggressively prosecute adults attempting to cross the U.S.–Mexico border illegally. At the time, Sessions acknowledged the process could lead to children being separated from their parents upon being apprehended.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly defended the policy, arguing that it acts as a deterrent against illegal immigration.

Reporters and lawmakers have toured Texas holding facilities for migrant children in recent days, and raised new concerns about their treatment and awareness of the policy.

Democrats and Republicans have spoken out against the practice.

O'Rourke, who is running to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzUp next in the culture wars: Adding women to the draft Biden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet 228 Republican lawmakers urge Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade MORE (R-Texas) in November, said he is crafting legislation to end the practice of family separation. The bill will be introduced in the House this week, he said. 

"There’s a way to do this. The right way to do this," he said. "And I want this country to do that at this critical moment. We will be judged for what we do or what we fail to do right now."