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Speaker Ryan: House Will Vote On Immigration Bill Which Keeps Families Together In Custody

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House will vote Thursday on legislation which keeps families together when immigrants are prosecuted at the border.
Ryan confirmed the vote during Wednesday’s GOP press briefing. He said the bill would prosecute those illegally crossing the border, and families would remain together during that time under the custody of Department of Homeland Security.
Ryan added, families would stay together throughout their legal proceedings.
The house speaker denied claims that children are being used as leverage when it comes to immigration. He also said there’s a consensus among lawmakers that no family should be separated.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, walks with President Donald Trump as they head to a meeting of House Republicans to discuss a GOP immigration bill at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz has introduced the bill aimed to keep families together. He said the Democrats are outraged over family separation, because they want to return to the harmful ‘catch and release’ policy.
Senator Cruz pointed out the policy of child separation existed during the Obama years as well, but the current outrage in the media is aimed at hurting President Trump’s immigration agenda.
“I believe we can do two things at once — we can detain those who are here illegally and enforce the law, and we can simultaneously…keep families together,” stated Cruz. “I don’t think the right answer is to return to ‘catch and release’ — ‘catch and release’ is a failed policy, it incentivizes illegal immigration.”
Senator Cruz stressed illegal arrivals must be stopped to prevent immigrant children from being abused by human smugglers.
On Tuesday, President Trump met with GOP lawmakers about the issue.
“The system’s been broken for many years,” said the president. “The immigration system, it’s been a really bad, bad. system, probably the worst anywhere in the world, and we’re gonna try and see if we can fix it.”
In the meantime, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reaching out to Democrats for bipartisan support in the Senate.
McConnell said all Republicans in the upper chamber are in favor of stopping immigrant children from being separated from their parents at the border.
He went on to dismiss Democrat claims the president could use an executive order to change the policy, saying a legislative fix is required.
Majority Whip John Cornyn said legislation benefiting families and law enforcement could stand alone or be attached to a spending bill.

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