McConnell Backs Bill To Keep Immigrant Families Together

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support to keep immigrant families together who have been detained at the border, in a Tuesday press conference.

“I support and all of the senators of the Republican conference support a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell told reporters.

McConnell’s comments come after Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday that he would be introducing The Protect Kids and Parents Act, a bill which would require that illegal immigrant families stay together and keep them from “aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children,” according to the press release. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Announces Legislation To Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together)

The Kentucky Republican did not specify which legislation he would support, but did say that he and other Republican senators will support a bill that keeps families together, but specified that it would have to be stand alone legislation, saying he doesn’t think all the issues can be fixed in one bill.

“My assumption is in order to fix this problem you can’t fix all the problems,” McConnell said.

The comments come after President Donald Trump and the White House have said the president would only support comprehensive immigration reform. Trump said he would only support a bill that would fund his border wall, and put an end to both chain migration and the diversity visa lottery system, echoing his zero-tolerance policy toward illegal immigration.

Democrats have continued to criticize Trump for his stance on immigration, including Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Tuesday he would not support any of the GOP’s legislation and that Trump could easily fix the issue himself.

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