Donald Trump may be standing by his cruel and illegal immigration practice of separating migrant children from their families, but Republicans in Congress are fleeing him in droves.
In a Monday night tweet, Arizona Sen. John McCain said that the Trump administration policy is “an affront to the decency of the American people.” He added that the president should end it immediately.
The administration’s current family separation policy is an affront to the decency of the American people, and contrary to principles and values upon which our nation was founded. The administration has the power to rescind this policy. It should do so now.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) June 18, 2018
McCain isn’t the only Republican standing up to Trump. That number continues to grow, with GOP senators like Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), James Lankford (R-OK) and Ben Sasse (R-NE), among others, all announcing their opposition.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), worried the issue will hurt his re-election contest against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, even said he would introduce emergency legislation to end the policy.
Key Republicans in the House of Representatives, like Rep. Mark Meadows, have also said that families shouldn’t be broken up.
Not only is Trump’s policy inhumane, but it’s illegal
We are rightly focused on the morality of this new Trump administration practice, but it should also be noted that the United Nations says it’s illegal.
According to the UN human rights office, the family separation policy “amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child.”
On all fronts – moral, political and legal – the Trump administration policy to separate children from their parents is crumbling. It should be stopped immediately, and members of both parties are right to be raising hell about it.
After blindly standing by this president since he took office, no matter what he said and did, Republicans are finally finding their spine – at least on this issue.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.