Sanders, Bennet, Blumenthal, Hassan, Harris

Morning Business

Senator Sanders: (7:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "But opposition to this policy is widespread. Let me quote from a recent op-ed that Laura Bush, our former first lady, the wife of a conservative Republican, wrote. This is what she said - quote, our government should not be in the business of warehousing children in converted box stores or making plans to place them in tent cities in the desert outside of El Paso. These images are eerily reminiscent of the interment catches for U.S. Citizens and non-citizens of Japanese descent during World War World War II, now considered to be one of the most shameful episodes of American history."

 

Senator Bennet: (7:38 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "And the American people could not stand the idea that this country would do what it did to these kids in their name, could not stand the idea that the whole world would see the separation of children from their parents on the southern border of the United States of America perpetrated by our own government. And finally, probably for the first time ever, this president relented to the values that the American people share, whether they are conservatives, liberals, or something in between that. And that's the reason to say I'm glad we're moving in that direction. And maybe another good thing will come out of this, which is that the people who stood up, who work for this administration, and defended this terrible, inhumane policy in the name of the law and in the name of religion, the bible, might think harder the next time they do that."

 

Senator Blumenthal: (7:44 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "But we know enough right now to have the most serious and significant concerns about the president's executive order. Every great nation, even the greatest nation in the history of the world, like the United States of America, has moments of extraordinary shame. Times when it loses its moral compass and simply takes the wrong direction. We can remember a number of them in our own nation's history, and one of them was the internment of Japanese children thrown into World War II era detention camps and imprisoned in effect with their parents. Almost every lawyer in the United States of America and most citizens know the name Korematsu."

 

Senator Hassan: (7:53 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "The fact that our government has engaged in this type of physical and psychological damage to children is morally reprehensible. These actions have been unacceptable and completely unnecessary. Let's be clear. The president created this crisis. And over the past days and weeks, the president and his administration made false claim after false claim saying that there was nothing they could do to reverse the president's own actions. The fact that the president bowed to pressure and signed an executive order today cannot undo the trauma that's already been inflicted."

 

Senator Harris: (7:57 p.m.)

  • Spoke on U.S. immigration policy.
    • "The American public knows the truth. Let's speak truth. Here in the United States Senate, let's speak truth as leaders and acknowledge the lifelong consequences of the separation that we visited upon these children from their parents. The Medical Association of America, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have weighed in on this topic, and what they have said is that a general matter. It is generally true, and specifically in these cases will cause lifelong trauma. They have indicated that there is empirical evidence of the fact that it is likely to cause significant harm to the brain structure of these children and will affect these children's long and short-term health."