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WWMT NewsChannel 3: West Michigan lawmakers react to executive order ending family separation at the border
West Michigan lawmakers react to executive order ending family separation at the border
WWMT Channel 3
June 20, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Some West Michigan lawmakers said they are relieved President Donald Trump issued an executive order ending the practice of separating families at the border, others said the president doesn't deserve any praise.
U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R - St. Joseph) said the executive order is just the beginning and that congress is already hard at work on legislation that would provide broader fixes to the immigration system.
"As we look at the separation of kids, thank God that little chapter is over," Upton said....
"We all knew this policy had to change so i think there's a sense of relief," Upton said.
He said it is time for Congress to roll up their sleeves and get something done. The U.S. House will look at multiple immigration bills Thursday.
"The President charged us last fall to do our job. He was tired of executive orders. He wants legislation passed. I agree we need to pass legislation," Upton said.
Upton said he is focused on giving Dreamers, kids who were brought to the United States by undocumented parents, but given legal status, some certainty and help Michigan growers find workers.
He said he is glad the action Wednesday means families will be reunited.
"It's gone on for a while. I don't want to finger point. But certainly when this had been exposed it needed to end," he said.
The executive order Trump signed says the administration's "zero tolerance" policy will still be enforced.
Upton addressed that by saying border check points are swamped with people and there's a careful balance lawmakers have to try to create.