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Congressman Pete King

Representing the 2nd District of New York

Rep. King: Trump Should Suspend Policy on Migrant Family Separations Until Congress Acts

Jun 21, 2018
In The News

Rep. Peter King said that the controversy over President Trump's immigration policy, especially the detention of children who have been separated from their parents, is clouding Congress' ability to fix it.

King (R-N.Y.) appeared on "America's Newsroom" Wednesday and said that until a legislative fix can be passed, President Trump should suspend his zero-tolerance policy.

"If we don't get the legislation through, the president [should] suspend this current policy until we get the legislation through," he told Bill Hemmer.

Trump's administration has received scathing criticism within the past week, as migrant parents and their children are becoming separated at the border.

King said that he believes a consensus bill will pass, which he said will provide funding for a border wall, end chain migration and provide funding to keep migrant families together.

He added that his concern is how long the bill would take to pass in the Senate, and that during that time, more families will be separated at the border unless the president takes executive action.

"I am going to support this bill. I want it to get through, but if it doesn't make it through the Senate, then what happens?" he asked.

King said that Democrats do not have a strong immigration policy, and that Republicans are "playing into their hands" by allowing the current situation at the border to continue.

The outrage has grown after an Associated Press report that Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas.

Fox News learned Wednesday that the White House is considering executive actionthat would allow migrant children to stay with parents who were caught crossing the border illegally.