Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer just sent a letter to President Trump demanding he “fully undo the ‘zero tolerance’ policy.”
By saying this, what they are advocating for is a return to a “catch and release” policy, in which illegal immigrants caught crossing the border are released into the United States in the hopes they will show up for court dates in future months.
The problem with that? Many of them never show up for their court cases, disappearing into the country.
An open border policy is clearly a litmus test for 2020 candidates from the far-left. But it’s a position that is wildly out of step with a vast majority of the American people.
Take a look at this recent poll that asked where Americans stand when presented with a few options on how to handle illegal immigrants who cross the border as family units:
- Only 19%(!) support releasing families and having them report back for immigration hearings at a later date. With only 30% of Democrats(!) in support of this position.
- A plurality, including 49% of Democrats(!), support the position outlined in President Trump’s executive order to hold families together in family detention centers until an immigration hearing can be held.
Here’s a collection of 2020 Democrat hopefuls who in the last 24 hours have taken the very unpopular position that detaining illegal immigrants who break the law by crossing the border is “cruel & inhumane,” and must be stopped.
This isn’t over. Thousands of kids have been ripped from their parents with no plan to reunite them. And now @realdonaldtrump wants to create new detention camps for families. Separating kids is unacceptable – but indefinite imprisonment of families is still cruel & inhumane.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 20, 2018
Trump's executive order does not fix this crisis. It gives no solution for the thousands of children who have been torn away from their families and remain separated.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 20, 2018
Trump’s executive order merely replaces one inhumane act with another. In response to the overwhelming public outrage at his policy of tearing children away from their parents at the border, this administration thinks the appropriate response is to indefinitely detain families. https://t.co/whZNxHzLHv— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 20, 2018
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