Jun 19, 2018

McConnell: Family separation fix requires "narrow solution"

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that to solve the separation of immigrant children from their parents — an issue that has polarized the immigration debate in Washington — the legislative "fix" would have to be a narrow proposal rather than a broader immigration package.

"We're going to fix the problem. ... In order to fix this problem, you can’t fix all of the problems. ... Therefore it would need to be a narrow fix."
— McConnell at a press conference

Why it matters: While both Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to propose solutions, McConnell's suggestions conflicts with what the White House is seeking. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday said it wouldn't consider a bill that doesn't include broader immigration reforms.

Yes, but: He added, "The first thing is to see if we can agree."

McConnell also said every member of his caucus supports legislation to keep undocumented immigrant families together as they are processed by federal authorities, and called for bipartisanship.

  • Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump could overturn the existing policy he implemented in recent months by the "flick of his pen" — referring to an executive order.
"There's no need for legislation. You started it. You can stop it."
— Schumer at a press conference.

Go deeper: What happens when families cross the border; It's Congress vs. Trump on family separation

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In photos: India welcomes president with massive "Namaste Trump" rally

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces President Trump upon his arrival at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

India has begun honoring President Trump and members of the U.S. first family after they arrived at Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport in Ahmedabad in the country's northwest Monday for a two-day visit.

Why it matters: The countries are forging deeper ties as India’s location, size and economic growth making it the "obvious counterweight to China" for American policymakers, per Axios' Dave Lawler and Zachary Basu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is demonstrating the importance of the visit by holding a "Namaste Trump Rally" at Ahmedabad's 110,000-capacity Motera stadium — the world's largest cricket venue.

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Concern over coronavirus spread: Italy, South Korea and Iran report more cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran jumped on Sunday as infections in mainland China continued to grow, the latest figures show.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures amid rising case numbers, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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