Durbin, Schumer, Tillis

Executive Session (Benczkowski Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (10:12 a.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "I'd like to reflect on the 3,000 children forcibly removed from their parents' arms at the borders of the United States of America over the last several months. These children were victims of the zero tolerance policy of the Trump administration, a policy which Attorney General Sessions announced that resulted in those who appeared at the border, whether they were there for legitimate claims of asylum or not, to be treated as criminals. And treated as criminals, their children were removed from them. I met with some of those children. It was two weeks ago in Chicago, it was at one of the agencies that the health and human services department has used for decades to provide safe care for children who are unaccompanied at our border."


Senator Schumer: (10:25 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
    • "The next justice on the Supreme Court will have an ability to impact labor rights, women's reproductive rights, LGTBQ rights, voting rights, civil rights, environmental rights, and so much more for generations to come. We need to know how Judge Kavanaugh views those issues. On the issue of women's freedom to make her own health decisions, for example, yesterday, while shepherding Judge Kavanaugh around the Capitol, Vice President Pence said he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned. This isn't some ancient belief that the country has pushed aside. There are people in high parts of the government, the vice president yesterday, the president constantly, and so many others who want to repeal Roe v. Wade tomorrow."


Senator Tillis: (10:58 a.m.)

  • Spoke on Pastor Andrew Brunson.
    • "In 2016 Pastor Brunson was apprehended and been in prison ever since. He was in prison for almost 19 months without charges. For the vast majority of that time he was in a cell designed for eight people and it had 21 in. Without charges. And then back earlier this year there were charges levied against him that are just absolutely absurd. I know from firsthand experience. After the indictment was issued, I heard through channels and through his wife Noreen that Pastor Brunson was afraid that the American people were going to read this indictment, believe it, and turn their back on him. So it was important to me to go to Turkey and let him know that that's the last thing we were going to do, that I was going to bring this to the American people's attention until he was released."
  • Spoke on the abolition of ICE.
    • "It's this movement now called end I.C.E., Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We have people out there, we have a gubernatorial candidate in New York who said I.C.E. is a private organization. Not ISIS, which is a terrorist organization, but I.C.E. Men and women in uniform going out every day putting their life on the line to protect the American people. Let me tell you what people who are part of the end I.C.E. movement are for. This is what they're for if you're for ending I.C.E. You're for ending - this is 2017 numbers. You're for ending the arrest of some 143,000 people who have broken our laws."