Republican lawmakers fighting to maintain their majorities in Congress after November’s midterms are scrambling for a solution to a problem they see as a political loser: existing laws that allow border crossing children to be separated from their parents.
If the GOP majority paves the way for a legislative fix to the polarizing immigration policy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., believes the midterm impact will be minimal.
Democratic leaders doing their best to retake the Senate and House don’t want to help the party in power pass a new law that ends the ongoing crisis at the border.
That strategy of simply making Republicans sweat as pressure builds isn’t sitting well with one vulnerable Democrat trying to win re-election in a state President Trump easily won.
As images of migrant children detained at the border spread further and further this weekend, and the issue came to a political boil, a Quinnipiac poll found that while just 7 percent of Democratic voters support separating border-crossing parents from their kids, 24 percent of independents support the policy, and 55 percent of Republicans do, too.