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Susan Collins: Using Children to Fix Immigration Law 'Not the Answer'

 Susan Collins: Using Children to Fix Immigration Law 'Not the Answer'

By    |   Sunday, 17 June 2018 01:16 PM

The Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the U.S-Mexico border is "traumatizing" children and "contrary to our values in this country,” Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the Maine Republican said curbing illegal immigration can be accomplished in other ways.

"What the administration has decided to do is to separate children from their parents to try to send a message that if you cross the border with children, your children are going to be ripped away from you,” she said.

“That's traumatizing to the children who are innocent victims, and it is contrary to our values in this country.”

Collins said “we need to fix our immigration law” but that “using children is not the answer.”

“I support the president's proposals for border security,” she said. “We do need to strengthen our security at the border. We need to work with those countries in Central America from which these families are coming to end the gang violence that is encouraging them to leave. And in some cases we need to repatriate the whole family back to the host country.”

Collins also said the number of children separated from their parents as part of the zero tolerance policy “"may well be higher" than 2000 cited by the Department of Homeland Security.

“[T]hat's what we need to know,” she said. “What we do know is this. The Secretary of Homeland Security testified that if parents present at a legal port of entry with their children, with a claim of asylum, that the children would not be taken away.”

“Yet, there are numerous credible media accounts showing that exactly that is happening, and the administration needs to put an end to that right off,” she continued. “Ironically, it also encourages illegal crossing. If in fact — children are being separated from their parents when their parents attempt to cross legally with a claim of asylum."

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The Trump administration's zero tolerance policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the U.S-Mexico border is "traumatizing" children and "contrary to our values in this country," Sen. Susan Collins said Sunday.In an interview on CBS News' "Face The Nation," the...
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