U.S. Politics

House Budget Committee rejects amendment aimed at halting family separations

As the full House prepared to consider high-profile immigration legislation Thursday, the House Budget Committee voted down a Democratic proposal aimed at halting the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border — a subject engulfing both Capitol Hill and the White House this week. The proposal from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, would prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to separate the children from their parents, and calls for Congress to pass legislation to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from forcing the separations except in extraordinary circumstances. “Not one penny of taxpayer dollars should ever be used to inflict pain and suffering on a child in order to punish their parents and push a political agenda,” the New Mexico Democrat said. Committee Chairman Steve Womack said the proposal, offered as an amendment to Republicans’ 2019 budget resolution, raises an “important dialogue” and serious concerns about immigration policy but doesn’t address the federal budget in a “meaningful way.”

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