Joe Straus to Trump: separating families isn’t the law; end the policy

June 19–Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, asked President Donald Trump in a letter Tuesday to end his directives that result in separating immigrant families at the border.

“There is no federal law requiring the separation of children from parents at the border,” Straus said in the letter. “None of us wants to imagine the fear that overcomes young children who are forced out of their parents’ arms, which adds to the trauma that they have often faced in their countries of origin.”

Straus asked Trump to “listen to the growing number of Americans, faith leaders and elected officials from both parties” who have criticized the policy.

“This is not a binary choice between rampant crime and tearing families apart,” he said.

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In another letter Tuesday, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, asked Gov. Greg Abbott to block any Texas funds from supporting the Trump policy.

Most state Republicans have stayed quiet on the policy.

Straus, who has been censured by Republicans for being too moderate, is not seeking re-election. Villalba lost his re-election bid to a primary opponent who ran to the right of him.

Their pleas come after U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced Monday that he would introduce legislation that would end most family separations, increase the number of immigration judges and speed up the process of wrapping up asylum cases. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also spoke out Monday from the Senate floor against family separations. At the White House Monday, though, Trump administration officials doubled down on the separation policy.

In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, it didn’t appear the president had a change of heart overnight:

8:52 a.m.: “Crime in Germany is up 10% plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted. Others countries are even worse. Be smart America!”

8:52 a.m.: “If you don’t have Borders, you don’t have a Country!”

8:52 a.m.: “Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”

9:07 a.m.: “We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.”

9:11 a.m.: “#CHANGETHELAWS Now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change the ridiculous and obsolete laws on immigration. Get it done, always keeping in mind that we must have strong border security.”

This article provided by NewsEdge.