Murray, Durbin, Markey, Wyden, Kaine

Morning Business

Senator Murray: (6:52 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "When I heard that, my heart stopped, like every mom, like every human being, I just wanted to reach out and comfort that child. And I could only think how his mother felt because I assure you whether she was in that room, a room 100 miles away or a room 3,000 miles away, like every mom, she heard her cry too and her heart was broken. And while today we saw President Trump change his story about whether he did in fact have the ability to make it stop, there's a lot of questions that remain, questions that I actually and others have been asking the Trump administration for weeks that have gone unanswered, like exactly how these parents are being informed about their children's safety. Where are they? Where are they being located? When will they be reunited?"

 

Senator Durbin: (6:58 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "That is the reality of this Trump policy. And he's been unapologetic. From where he's standing with the inspiration of Stephen Miller, his advisor and expert on immigration, getting tough is the only answer, the deterrent, putting pressure on Congress to pass the law this president demands, this ridiculous $25 billion wall that he wants to build on our border with Mexico. So what has happened? People have spoken out, and I want to thank those Republicans who had the courage to stand up and speak out. 49 Democratic senators joined Senator Feinstein in making it clear that we were prepared, if necessary, to pass legislation to solve this problem."

 

Senator Markey: (7:12 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "In other words, zero tolerance is an anti-immigrant dragnet, the shocking effects of which we have been witnessing these past few days as children have literally been ripped from their parents' arms and separated from them as their mothers and fathers are taken into custody. These horrific images were finally enough, even for President Trump. This afternoon he signed an executive order. He says it addresses the family separation crisis. It does no such thing. The executive order that the president signed doesn't end the zero tolerance policy of prosecuting anyone and everyone who crosses the border."

 

Senator Wyden: (7:18 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "Ship loads of Jews fleeing prosecution and they were turned away from America. Let me be clear about what happened. The rallying cry for those who wished to keep people like my Jewish parents out of this country, those who denied Jewish refugees safety in their moment of desperation, the rallying cry was America first. What happened to those families who turned to the beacon of America for safety and opportunity? Many were forced back to Europe and many of them ultimately ended up in the concentration camps. People don't embark on the harrowing journey to America much less kids by their side unless they are fleeing serious danger and deprivation."

 

Senator Kaine: (7:25 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "An administration that so cavalierly separated them from their parents out of a mistaken belief that the American public wouldn't care about it could hardly be trusted to reunite these families with speed and compassion. We have to stay on the task to ensure that they do. Much has been said about the trauma inflicted upon these children taken from their parents. I want to say how traumatic it is for a parent to have a child taken away without any idea when or if a child will be returned."