Davis, Shimkus call on Dems to help pass immigration reform

Davis, Shimkus call on Dems to help pass immigration reform

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Amid a growing outcry about children being separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border, GOP U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and John Shimkus agree on one thing: Something has to change.

"Separating families seeking asylum is upsetting and unnecessary," Shimkus, R-Collinsville, said Tuesday. "And it's an unfortunate result of our broken immigration system and unsecured borders."

Both lawmakers call on Democrats to help Republicans get over the 60-vote threshold needed to pass legislation they say would do away with a practice that has led to more than 2,000 minors being detained and separated from their immigrant parents in the past month.

"The House will vote this week on immigration-reform proposals, and I expect that at least one of those bills will include a provision to keep families together while their asylum claims are adjudicated," Shimkus said.

Davis, R-Taylorville, urged lawmakers to "leave politics and hyperbole" out of this policy debate.

"No one wants to see families separated," he said, adding he wants lawmakers to consider other reasons a child may be separated. "We cannot ignore the fact that many children coming over may not be with adults who are their parents.

"Trafficking of children along our borders is a very real and serious concern. Immigrants seeking asylum should come to official ports of entry instead of attempting to cross the border illegally."

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