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19 Jun 2018 05:28 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Ted Cruz (Image source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

The Trump administration continues to pick up heat from opponents regarding their decision to separate families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has introduced an emergency bill to keep immigrant families together. He's joined by another former opponent of his and Trump's, Jeb Bush, who slammed Trump on Twitter. 

Though the Republican president is blaming the Democrats for separating the children and families of undocumented immigrants, his party isn't necessarily standing up for him. Many are speaking up against these actions.

 

Cruz ran for the Republican nomination for president against Trump in 2016, the first major Republican candidate for that election year. He became the candidate with the best chance of beating Trump for the nomination but dropped his campaign in May 2016 and did not initially endorse Trump until two months after the Republican National Convention.  

While he at one point backed the new policy separating families at the border, on Monday he proposed emergency legislation that would keep immigrant families together

 

"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers. This must stop. Now," he said in a statement. "We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week." 

Cruz's plan would double the number of federal immigration judges and increase the number of temporary shelters. Additionally, "while these cases are pending, families should stay together."

 

"Children belong with their mothers and fathers. Once their cases have been adjudicated — under my legislation, in no longer than 14 days — those who meet the legal standard should be granted asylum, and those who don't should be immediately returned to their home country." 

The only exceptions to keeping families separated in the senator's proposed bill would be "aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children."

 

Another former opponent of Trump's, Jeb Bush, also had harsh criticism. The former governor of California announced he was running for the Republican nomination in June 2015. After a series of poor results in the primaries, he ended his campaign. 

Bush, the brother and son of the two former Bush presidents, lived in Mexico for a time when he was part of a foreign exchange program and is fluent in Spanish. He met his wife, Columba Garnica Gallo, there.

 

"Children shouldn't be used as a negotiating tool," (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/18/jeb-bush-trump-child-separations-650883)he tweeted on Monday. "@realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy, and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security, and a path to citizenship for Dreamers." 

His sister-in-law, former First Lady Laura Bush, wrote an editorial for The Washington Post, also with a position against the separation of families.

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