SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — With no mention of President Donald Trump, candidates for an open congressional seat along the U.S. border in New Mexico blamed Washington politics for the separation of immigrant children from parents who are caught trying to come to the U.S. illegally.
The zero tolerance policy on border security that led to the separations has rocked political campaigns in border states and sent Republicans on Capitol Hill frantically searching Tuesday for ways to end it.
Amid protracted negotiations in Congress over an immigration reform package, immigration authorities are arresting anyone who illegally crosses the border,
Under the current law, children can’t go to jail with their parents, so they are being separated and confined. U.S. officials said Tuesday they are still working out the process of reunifying families.