What's happening at the US border
Separating children from their parents is a “heartbreaking, barbaric issue that could be changed in a moment by the President of the United States rescinding his action, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in San Diego.
She said it “challenges the conscience of our country” and “must be changed immediately."
“This is not an immigration issue," Pelosi said, "this is a humanitarian issue."
“We will be persisting in getting the information that we need to make sure the American people understand that their values are on the line,” the Congresswoman said.
New York state will not deploy the National Guard to the border, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, citing the treatment of families at the border as a “moral outrage and an affront to the values that built this state and this nation.”
"In the face of this ongoing human tragedy, let me be very clear: New York will not be party to this inhumane treatment of immigrant families,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will not deploy National Guard to the border, and we will not be complicit in a political agenda that governs by fear and division.”
The New York news came just after Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s office announced that governor had directed his state's National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the border, also citing the family separation issue.
Sen. Kamala Harris said that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen should resign as outrage over the White House's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has separated undocumented parents and children, grows.
Harris, a Democrat, sits on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which has oversight of DHS.
Here's her tweet:
Earlier today, Nielsen defended the immigration policy, saying, "We will not apologize for the job we do."
You can watch more of her comments in the video below:
Hillary Clinton told an audience of women in New York on Monday that separating families are the border is a “moral and humanitarian crisis” and that “every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.”
Clinton also took on Trump directly, saying his argument that the separations are a result of the “Democrats law” is an “outright lie.”
“What is happening to families at the border is horrific, nursing infants being ripped away from their mothers, parents being told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play only to realizes hours later they aren’t coming back, children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to one account, kept in cages,” Clinton said.
Clinton also slammed Trump to his tweets on Germany this morning, labeling them as the “President’s attempt today to stoke fear."
Former first lady Laura Bush has spoken out about the separation of families on the US border, writing a harsh criticism of the current zero-tolerance immigration policy being enforced under the Trump administration and tweeting that it was "immoral."
Former first lady Michelle Obama just retweeted Bush's tweet, adding, "Sometimes truth transcends party."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for US Senate, blamed "many years of bi-partisan inaction" for the immigration policies prompting the separations of undocumented parents and kids. (The "zero-tolerance" policy was implemented by the Trump administration.)
"Let me be clear – I do not favor separating families. Washington is to blame for this by being all talk and no action, and the solution is to secure the border," Scott said in a statement.
Here's the full statement:
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed an executive order limiting use of state resources "to separate children from parents or legal guardians on sole ground of immigration status."
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s policy and practice of separating children from their parents when arriving at the southern border is offensive to our core values as Coloradans and as a country,” the executive order states.
Hickenlooper also sent Congressional leaders a letter urging they take action that would stop the policy.