A day after President Trump signed a quick fix for the family separation issue at the border and put the ball in Congress’ court to pass an immigration reform bill, 100 percent of Democrats rejected it.
According to CNN, 190 Democrats voted against the bill on Thursday. 0 Democrats voted in favor of it. In contrast, 193 Republicans were for it and 41 were against it. The final vote tally was 193 for and 231 against.
The bill, much like Trump’s executive order, included a requirement that families being kept together after getting caught crossing the border illegally. Many Democrats on Wednesday and Thursday responded negatively to Trump’s move to keep families together and suggested that open borders was the only solution.
Fox News politics reporter Adam Shaw has suggested that Democrats want to continue to spin anything Trump does on this issue as negative in order to bolster their battle in the mid-term elections.
The immigration bill included strengthening security at the border and adding $25 million in funding for Trump’s wall, the New York Post reported. It does not weaken U.S. immigration law.
Rejecting a keep-families-together bill with such unanimity is an odd move for Democrats who, along with the mainstream media, have shed so many tears this week and screamed their throats raw at Trump, demanding he do something to keep families together.
Famed MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down crying Tuesday night when reading a report about children being separated from their parents. According to Business Insider, she was unable to finish her show and had to pass it off to another host.
Democrats slammed Trump again and again, calling the family separation inhumane and "unfair and unconstitutional," according to the Denver Post. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been especially vocal, often using the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether.
"The United States is a better nation than this, should be a better nation than this," said Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, according to NBCDFW, adding that he's fighting for families to stay together at the border.
"Over the last few weeks, especially, members of Congress have been asked the question what are you doing to stop this? Some of us have filed legislation," he added. "Others are supporting legislation to stop it."
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has also spoken out very emotionally about family separation.
Yet every single Democrat voted against Thursday's solution to keep families together.
CBS News explained the purpose of the GOP immigration bill quite clearly:
"On the matter of family separation — which the Trump administration is halting for now — the conservative bill allows children to be detained with their parents in Department of Homeland Security custody for longer than 20 days by giving DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen 'discretion' to do so. The compromise bill goes a step further, by allowing children to be detained with their parents, and mandating that DHS house families who are going through criminal proceedings for first-time border crossings rather than turn them over to the Justice Department, as is current policy, CBS News' Rebecca Kaplan reports. The compromise bill would also provide funding for detention centers."