Vice President Mike Pence: Democrats Can Fix Family Separation At Border

Pence adds families seeking asylum a ports of entry are not separated.

The Mike Pintek Show
June 20, 2018 - 12:37 pm
Vice President Mike Pence

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Vice President of the United States Mike Pence discussed the issue of families being separated at the southern border Wednesday.

Pence says there is a “crisis at our southern boarder” and that “no one wants to see children taken away from their parents and the images, they pull at the heart strings of every American including the President of the United States and this Vice President.”

To solve the crisis Pence says that the first thing that needs to be done is funding and construction of a southern border wall. He adds that there is currently legislation being considered in Congress that would “fully fund $25 billion to build the wall.”

The second issue that needs to be tackled, in Pence’s opinion, is the loopholes that need to be closed that drug cartels and human-traffickers take advantage of and “use to entice vulnerable families including families with small children to make the long and arduous and dangerous trek up the peninsula to try to and illegally enter our country.”

Pence adds if those loopholes are cut off “we’ll cut off that inducement entirely.”

According to Pence, President Trump supports legislation currently being considered in Congress that would keep families together.

He stresses that families who come to a port of entry into the United States are not separated from their families, it is only the ones that comes to the country United States illegally that it happens.

Pence says they currently have two options. They can capture an illegal immigrant, release them and give them a court date “but more often than not folks never show back up for a court date.”

The other option is to “simply enforce the law. We can be a nation with not only a border but with a rule of law but in doing that under current law, we don’t incarcerate children with people that have been charged with a crime.” Pence add that is what is causing children to be separated from their parents.

Both he and the president are calling for a change that would allow them to enforce the law while keeping families together but it is the Democrats that are obstructing any legislation that would allow change to the law.

“I think the American people want the Democrats to stop the obstruction, to stop standing in the way of the kind of reforms at our border that will end the crisis of illegal immigration. We can solve this issue of separation,” said Pence. “We can even solve the issue of people brought into the country through no fault of their own over many years and the DACA program even while we build a wall and close the loophole that are facilitating this crisis on our border to begin with.”

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