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Reynolds calls separating immigrant children from their families 'horrific'

Gov. Kim Reynolds takes questions from reporters Tuesday. She called the Trump administration's immigration policy that's separating thousands of immigrant children from their parents at the U.S. border to Mexico "horrific." (Photo: Caroline Cummings).

Governor Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that Congress needs to work with the Trump administration to end the immigration policy separating thousands of children from their parents at the U.S. border to Mexico.

“It’s just horrific that children are being used as a pawn in this situation,” Reynolds told reporters Tuesday after making remarks at the Iowa Public Safety forum in Mitchelville Tuesday. "So my request would be that congress gets back and gets something done this week," she said.

A reported 2,000 children have been separated from the parents since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a strict “zero tolerance” policy aimed at prosecuting people who cross the border illegally.

The policy has sparked national outrage from Democrats and Republicans alike calling on the President to end the action.

“This isn’t a partisan issue. We need everybody working on this. We need congress to get back to Washington, D.C. and put an end to this,” Reynolds said.

"We shouldn’t be separating children from their families but we are a nation of laws and so we need Congress to act. They can get it done this week," she continued, referencing, generally, two bills circulating Congress aimed addressing immigration. Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas also introduced emergency legislation Monday to keep immigrant families together.

Governors across the country are weighing in on the policy, some pulling their troops from the border, like Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican.

No troops from the Iowa National Guard have been called to the border to help federal officials with immigration enforcement, Reynolds said.

"I think we need to wait and see what they’re asking of the National Guard and so we’ll respond at that point," she said.



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