U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), often described as a “moderate” Republican is no moderate when it comes to separating children from their parents. She refuses to sign on to a Democratic bill that would end it – effectively derailing the legislation from Senator Dianne Feinstein of California. Without the support of a GOP Senator like Collins, the Feinstein bill has little chance.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Collins was challenged on what she is doing to stop the Trump administration’s child snatching ring – the arrest and jailing of undocumented parents and the placing of their children into concentration or internment camps. The latest opened on Friday. It is a “tent city” in 100 degree heat.
Collins claims the bill would “prevent arrests within 100 miles of the border, even if the person has committed a serious crime or suspected of terrorist activity.” She appears to be the first and only Senator to make the allegation.
The Senator from Maine could bring her objections to Sen. Feinstein, who has a strong law and order record, to reach a compromise. She could have legal experts weigh in, and offer a compromise.
Instead, Collins says she wants her bill that fully finds President Trump’s wall to be passed. It’s been languishing since February. She says it provides a pathway to citizenship form DREAMers.
It does nothing for the nearly 12,000 migrant children separated from their families and currently being held by the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Watch the video below:
.@SenatorCollins says she doesn't support legislative efforts to stop family separation because she thinks the bills on offer are "far too broad." Adds that she supports building the wall as part of a comprehensive solution. pic.twitter.com/dEfkulCjwa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 17, 2018