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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photos: Alex Wong, Alex Wroblewski via Getty Images

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday aiming to end his administration's intensely controversial family separation policy.

What they're saying: The policy drew widespread criticism across party lines and from both state and federal lawmakers. And now, most Democrats are still unsatisfied while Republicans seem to be appeased by his order.

Satisfied with the E.O.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): "I am glad the president took this step today. I hope the federal courts consider the decision that limits an administration's ability to keep families together while their immigration status is being determined."
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): "The ink isn't even dry on the new executive order ending separation policy & some Democrats already arguing that keeping families together isn't enough."
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE): "I’ve called on the President to end this new, discretionary policy and I’m committed to working with my colleagues on legislative solutions as well. The administration started changing course today and Congress can pass legislation today — let’s get this done.”
  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN): "I am glad the president reversed his position and signed an executive order. We will continue to work toward a long term solution."
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND): "I appreciate that the president has acknowledged what virtually everyone has said from the beginning—that this was a policy started by the administration that they had the ability to reverse or fix at any time."
Unsatisfied
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R- TX) per Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur: It's a "stopgap" but insufficient. "It's better to have a belt-with-suspenders approach here and actually do it through legislation."
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): "The order appears to be the next step in the Trump administration's larger agenda to eliminate basic protections for asylum seekers."
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA): "It is long overdue for President Trump to amend the most egregious element of his cruel and inhumane policy...But substituting a lesser form of cruelty for a greater form is still cruelty."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): "This Executive Order doesn't fix the crisis. Indefinitely detaining children with their families in camps is inhumane and will not make us safe."
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY: "It's a relief that @realDonaldTrump has reversed himself & recognized the cruelty of his policy of separation families...I also hope this represents a turning point & @POTUS will stop blaming others for problems he creates & start fixing them himself. He can start with correcting the problems that this executive order will create."
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT): "Trump's executive order merely replaces one inhumane act with another."
  • Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA): "We're still digging into Trump's EO, but here's what we know right now: If implemented, there will continue to be zero tolerance for all asylum seekers, including domestic violence survivors, a system of locking up children by the thousands & all carried out in our country's name."
  • Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): "What the president signed today is not a solution as it leaves children indefinitely in detention and is a violation of the law."

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Texas AG sues Biden administration over deportation freeze

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks to members of the media in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing the Biden administration in federal district court over its 100-day freeze on deporting unauthorized immigrants, and he's asking for a temporary restraining order.

Between the lines: The freeze went into effect Friday, temporarily halting most immigration enforcement in the U.S. In the lawsuit, Paxton claims the move "violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas" and the Department of Homeland Security.

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