U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced Monday
emergency legislation in order to keep immigrant families together at the border.
Cruz, a Republican, denounced the "zero tolerance" policy set in place by the Trump administration, which has separated about 2,000 immigrant children of all ages from their parents.
"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers," Cruz wrote
in the release announcing his legislation plans. "This must stop. Now. We can end this crisis by passing the legislation I am introducing this week."
The legislation does come with few provisions
. Humane efforts include authorizing new temporary shelters with accommodations to keep families together as well as it being mandated for families to stay together, as long as the parents aren't involved in criminal activity nor a threat to the children.
His announcement noted that the solution isn't the "catch and release" policy, but rather to "fix the backlog in immigration cases, remove the legal barriers to swift processing, and resolve asylum cases on an expedited basis."
Cruz wants processing to occur within 14 days, so those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum. Those who don't meet these standards will be sent back to their home countries.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn also announced plans
on Monday for similar legislation that would aim to keep families together and process their hearings faster.
"We can fix this. If my Democratic colleagues will join me, not play politics but work to solve the problem, we can start to end family separation this week," Cruz wrote.
According to NPR, House Republicans are reworking a compromise immigration bill
that would modify, but not shut down, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.
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