Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that Democrats would reject Congressional efforts to ban the policy separating migrant children from their families in order to keep the focus on President Donald Trump.
Vice President Mike Pence responded by criticizing him for choosing politics over solutions to the crisis.
Here’s what he said
Schumer addressed the crisis of families being separated at the border on Tuesday, but rejected two bills that Republicans had offered as solution to the policy some called “cruel.”
“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer said to reporters Tuesday. “Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it.”
Democrats have accused the administration of purposely changing immigration policy in order to separate families as a deterrent against illegal immigration, but the Trump administration has argued that the law was enacted prior to his term.
“Again, the president can change it with his pen,” the Democratic leader continued after being asked if Democrats would support a Republican bill to keep families together at the border while seeking asylum.
“Chuck, THAT makes no sense”
Vice President Mike Pence slammed the statement by the Democratic leader in a tweet Tuesday.
“This is sad,” Pence tweeted. “Schumer would rather play politics than solve problems and secure our border.”
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) June 19, 2018
“Chuck, THAT makes no sense,” he added. “Let’s #CHANGETHELAWS and fix this now.”
“Unacceptable additions have bogged down every piece of legislation we’ve done,” Schumer added, accusing Republicans of adding untenable conditions to their immigration bills.
“Let’s hope the president does the right thing and solves the problem, which he can do,” Schumer explained. “That’s the simple, easiest and most likely way this will happen.”