King disputes arguments in favor of family separation policy, urges President to end practice

Published: Jun. 18, 2018 at 11:55 PM EDT
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In a speech on the floor of the Senate, Angus King Monday criticized the Administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.

In his remarks,King pushed back against justifications that have been used in support of the policy.

As well as establishing that this is an Administration policy, not one mandated under the law.

This is one that could be resolved without this drastic policy of separating children from their parent. This problem could be resolved by a phone call from President of the United States to the Attorney General. This is not the law. This is a policy of enforcement adopted by this administration in April, implemented in May, and has brought us to the place where 2,000 children have been forcibly separated from their parents, said Senator King.

Senator King has been a strong opponent of this policy, and is an original cosponsor of the Keep Families Together Act.