Rep. Arrington says he does not want kids separated from parents

Rep. Arrington says he does not want kids separated from parents

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Demonstrators upset over president Trump's zero tolerance policy have continued to protest along the border. 

Congressman Arrington believes returning to the failed immigration policies of the past administration is not an option, but a fix is difficult to come by. 

"I don't want to separate children and parents in this process," Arrington said. "They just let people go and they set a court date about two to three years out on average, and half the people never show up."

A conservative bill was shot down on the house floor, and even the President's executive order halting the separation of families may not survive legal challenges based off the Flores decision by the Supreme Court. 

"Children would come into the United States and they would be detained with adults," Immigration attorney David Strange explained. "You can imagine a young girl detained in a jail-like facility detained with grown men. Well you can see the problems that would come about. There was a 15-year-old girl named Flores who challenged her detention with adult men. A law suit was filed and even the government recognized that was a problem."

Any further action regarding the situation will have to come from congress. Arrington stressed that any legislation should include some key provisions. 

"Build out more facilities for detaining people who break the law and come to this country illegally," Arrington said. "We should also so that that 20 day threshold about which you cannot hold a child, a minor, we should change that so they can stay with their families. Then we need to double down on immigration judges so that they don't wait forever in the detention center."

According to Strange these are just short term solutions to a problem that's much deeper than people crossing the border illegally.

"We've got a geographic proximity that will always have these pressures," Strange said. "So long as the economic stay the way they are."

Congress is expected to take another stab at an immigration next week with the compassion bill. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and funding for a border wall.

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