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Arizona leaders react to family separation at border

Posted at 5:06 PM, Jun 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-16 20:18:16-04

Since the Trump administration announced it would charge all adults caught crossing the border illegally, the Department of Homeland Security says 2,000 children have been separated from their guardians and moved to detention centers while their parents await charges.

Governor Doug Ducey said he doesn't want children and parents to be separated, while he was speaking at a summit with the governor of Sonora, Mexico on Friday. Ducey said he wants Congress to take action.

House Republicans are currently discussing two separate immigration bills, one of which would end the practice of family separation and would include money for a border wall.

Congressman Raul Grijalva says the president is using children as leverage.

Grijalva says the issue stems from how the Trump administration interprets and implements immigration law.

Republican leadership in the House is reportedly considering a vote on the immigration legislation in the coming week.