“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer said, according to The Hill. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”
“How many times has immigration legislation passed in this Congress? How many times?” Schumer continued. “Zero. It’s an excuse from our Republican colleagues who feel the heat, don’t want to attack the president, even though they know, they know legislation will take a very long time and is unlikely to happen, and the flick of a president’s pen could solve this tomorrow.”
Schumer is saying he wants Trump to stop enforcing the law that is presently on the books. He doesn’t want to change the law as it presently exists, he wants to ignore the current law. The excuse that it would take too much time is bogus. Mitch McConnell said he will immediately put the fix up to a vote and that every single GOP Senator supports it.
Dianne Feinstein and all Democrats want to bar enforcement of immigration laws within 100 miles of the border. Yes, you read that right.
Ted Cruz wants to introduce an emergency bill to end family separation. He would do it with these changes:
Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.
Cruz’s bill enjoys the considerable virtue of focus. By banning family separation, it deals with the immediate crisis. By increasing the number of judges, authorizing new shelters, and providing for expedited processing, it can increase comfort for families, reduce the length of their detention, and ease the backlog. There’s a modest fiscal cost, of course, but it’s a price worth paying to end a broken policy.
A Google search will bring up dozens of liberal websites and news outlets condemning Cruz’s fix. They don’t want any fix. They want the issue. They don’t want it to go away. They see it as their last hope because everything they’ve done so far to bring Trump down has failed.