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Flake Rejects Trump's Call For New Border Separation Policy

By    |   Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:14 AM

President Donald Trump’s family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border is “un-American,” and shouldn't be renweed, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Sunday during an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”

“We shouldn’t bring that policy back,” said Flake, who retires from the Senate this year. “That simply is un-American. I think everybody recognized that, the president seemed to. Certainly, the First Lady and others spoke directly against it. I hope that we don’t return to that policy.”

The Washington Post first reported that the administration was weighing a new family separation policy. 

Asked to respond to the report Saturday, Trump told reporters he was, "looking at everything that you could look at when it comes to illegal immigration," adding that the increase in illegal border crossings is a "terrible situation."

"If they feel their will be separation, they won't come," the president said. 

“We have people that are trying to get into our country because of how well our country is doing,” Trump said. “You know, in the old days, when the country wasn’t doing well, it was a lot easier. Now everybody wants to come in, and they come in illegally, and they use children. In many cases, the children aren’t theirs. They grab them, and they want to come in with the children.”

The president later added: “You have really bad people coming in and using people. They’re not their children. They don’t even know the children. They haven’t known the children for 20 minutes. And they grab children and they use them to come into our country.”

The policy, announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, allowed the prosecution of adults separately from children whose families sought asylum at the border. Trump iriginally refused to accept responsibility for the policy, but abandoned it in June after public outcry. 

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