Congressman Dan Kildee weighs in on children separated from parents at the border

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FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) - (06/22/2018) - ABC 12 News caught up with Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee, a Democrat, in Flint on Friday night.

We asked Kildee about what's next for the children already separated from their parents, after President Donald Trump signed that executive order Wednesday.

While Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has said his department will start re-uniting detained children with their parents, he made no specific commitment as to how quickly that will be done.

"It does not appear that they had any plan at all to reunite the kids after this executive order," said Kildee,"or even much of a plan to connect kids and parents as a part of the process of dealing with their asylum requests."

Kildee didn't mince words, when asked about President Trump's decision to sign an executive order this week, halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border.

"Frankly it's pretty immoral, the idea that we would separate children from their parents because they seek asylum in the United States," said Kildee.

He said he has been in contact with the people at Bethany Christian Services, an agency that it's trying to return the children staying in Michigan foster homes to their parents.

"In fact it's my plan to go visit as soon as possible," he said. "The people at Bethany do a great job to take care of these kids, but they cannot divulge a lot of the information, but nothing that's we've seen shows that the administration really had any idea what they were doing."

A compromise GOP package on immigration that would help 'Dreamers' is expected to be taken up next week after President Trump reversed course by tweeting a message at Republicans indicating he now wants them to wait until after the mid term elections before tackling immigration.

Kildee said the GOP measure is no compromise.

"If the Republican leadership wants a bi-partisan bill, to be voted on, they have to take it to the floor, we have one," he said, "40 Democrats, 40 Republicans came together, we ought to take that legislation up."

Kildee, one of the sponsors of the legislation, said this bi-partisan bill would give the dreamers a path to citizenship.

When trying to characterize this past week in Washington, Kildee remarked that he would describe it as bizarre, except for the fact that children are involved, which he said makes it pretty tragic.

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