Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Senator from California, took to Twitter today to blast President Trump’s oft-repeated lie that Democrats are responsible for the inhuman policy of separating small children from their parents at the border when the family seeks asylum.
Feinstein has proposed a bill in the U.S. Senate to stop the practice of separating families and it has finally gained the support of all 47 Democrats and two independents in the chamber – but not one Republican, even those who have publically argued against the Trump administration policy on immigration, have dared to put their names forward.
UPDATE: The entire Democratic caucus supports our bill to bar children from being taken from their parents at the border. I’ve heard countless Republicans say that they oppose children being taken from their parents. If that’s true, they should support our bill NOW!
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) June 18, 2018
Feinstein’s tweet came not long after President Trump, speaking at the White House this morning, once again insisted the abhorrent policy of separating family was not his fault.
“I say, very strongly, it’s the Democrats’ fault,” Trump said. “They’re really obstructionist.”
Trump makes it sound like he has no choice, but of course, he does. It was his Justice Department and his Department of Homeland Security that has implemented this horrifying separation policy, which is without precedent in American history.
“As everyone who has looked at this agrees, this was done by the president, not Democrats,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, according to The Washington Post. “He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn’t want to, he should own up to the fact that he’s doing it.”
What Trump is really doing is using the lives of innocent children as leverage to force Democrats and some reticent Republicans to fund a bill to extort the billions he wants for a wall along the southern border of the U.S. and other policies on both legal and illegal immigration his administration is pushing.
“He’s playing a game,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said during an appearance on CNN on Monday morning. “He knows this family separation policy is very unpopular.”
So far even the handful of Republicans lawmakers who have spoken out against Trump’s family separation policy have declined to join with Feinstein and the Democrats.
It’s not hard to understand why – they fear the White House will turn against them and that will lead to them losing the next election.
It is also hard to support the Democrats knowing that in the House, where conservative Republicans are a powerful force, the legislation is unlikely to pass.
And even if it got through the House, Trump will never sign it if it isn’t what he wants.
So Feinstein and the Democrats are going on the record about what is morally right and putting themselves on the better side of history – but the reality is they don’t have the votes to just push this through.
They are also establishing a positive position that they will carry to voters in November.
Although a majority of Americans (66 to 22 percent) oppose the Trump family separating policy, a thin majority of Republicans (55 percent) do support it, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today.
All Senate Democrats now support a bill that would prohibit border separations: The Keep Families Together Act was introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein this month after the Trump administration started instituting a “zero tolerance” immigration… https://t.co/ztwNukWOtc pic.twitter.com/qTHjiGBQVF
— Denver CO (@ewafeIng) June 18, 2018
But it is inspiring to see the Democratic caucus finally uniting around an issue that absolutely deserves to be the first thing on any politician’s legislative agenda – getting those kids back with their parents.