Flores v. Reno puts our government in a difficult position. We shouldn't have to choose between ripping families apart and enforcing immigration law.
Like millions across our country, we too were horrified at the sight of thousands of children being separated from their parents. As parents ourselves, we can only imagine the pain and anguish these families faced. But, as U.S. Senators — and more importantly, as Americans — we also understand that our immigration system must also enforce our laws.
While this problem has persisted across the last five administrations, and there is legitimate criticism which can be directed towards this administration’s handling of this matter, the fact remains that the very institution in which we serve — the U.S. Congress — bears much of the blame for our current immigration crisis. For years, Congress has failed to take one simple step which could have prevented the family separations we now decry: repealing the Flores v. Reno consent decree as it relates to families.
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