U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding his work on two legislative proposals to keep families together and the President’s new executive order that halts the administration’s April policy.

“Three things are true: First, default family separation is cruel – kids ought to stay with their parents whenever possible. Second, our immigration policy is broken – dumb policies are magnets for human traffickers and the unsecure border is a national security risk. Third, Americans don’t use children as political hostages – anyone trying to use this humanitarian crisis for politics should be ashamed. I’ve called on the President to end this new, discretionary policy and I’m committed to working with my colleagues on legislative solutions as well. The administration started changing course today and Congress can pass legislation today – let’s get this done.”

Background:

Senator Sasse was one of the first Republican Senators to call on President Trump to immediately end the administration’s new default family separation policy. 

Sasse has worked with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) as original cosponsors of two legislative proposals to keep families together and end catch-and-release. 

Today, the President signed an executive order, available here.