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Colorado governor bars state funds from being used for separation of illegal immigrant families

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said the policy of separating illegal immigrants from their children was "un-American," and signed an executive order barring any state resources from being used for this purpose. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) called the policy of separating children from their parents "un-American" and signed an executive order barring any state resources from being used to help with this process.

What did the governor say?

With this executive order, Hickenlooper targeted the long-standing U.S. policy of separating children from their parents after an illegal border crossing into the United States if the parents are charged with a crime. The Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting all illegal border crossings has caused an increased number of these separations.

In a news release, Hickenlooper said, "If the White House won’t act, Congress should. No political end is worth destroying families and traumatizing children."

What did Colorado's senators say?

Both of Colorado's senators, Cory Gardner (R) and Michael Bennet (D), both voiced support for Hickenlooper's move.

Nearly four hours after Hickenlooper announced his new executive order, Gardner tweeted out that “the separation of children at our southern border” was a result of a broken immigration system that had to be reformed “immediately.”

What else?

Hickenlooper also sent a letter to the Senate and the House of Representatives asking them to pass “a clean version” of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) “Keep Families Together Act.” Sen. Bennet is co-sponsoring that bill, along with every other Democrat in the Senate.

In addition to Feinstein, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proposed the Protect Kids and Parents Act legislation to end the separation of immigrant children and parents.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) is introducing legislation in the House.

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