Monday, June 25, 2018

Moran co-sponsors legislation ending family separation, but enforcing immigration laws

(From Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas)

I oppose the family separation policy and am working with my Senate colleagues and administration officials to ensure that the current circumstances are brought to an end. Our country must make the well-being of these children a priority. We can find appropriate ways to secure our borders and deter illegal immigration in a moral way that honors our values as Americans.

To address this issue, I’ve cosponsored the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act. This bill ensures the humane and fair treatment of migrant children and families by setting mandatory standards of care for family residential centers. In addition to keeping children and their parents together, the legislation also keeps children safe by requiring children to be removed from an individual who presents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the child. The legislation also authorizes 225 new immigration judges to prioritize the timely adjudication of family cases.

I will continue to closely monitor the Department of Homeland Security’s family reunification process and I am working to make certain families are reunited humanely and expeditiously.

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