GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) said on Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at preventing the controversial practice of separating immigrant families along the border.
“While these cases are pending, families should stay together. Children belong with their mothers and fathers,” Cruz, who is up for reelection in November, said in a statement.
Cruz’s proposal, according to a release from his office, would require immigrant families detained along the border to remain together “absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.”
It would also require that asylum cases are adjudicated within 14 days, approve new temporary shelters for immigrant families and increase the number of immigration judges.
“All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week,” Cruz added.
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