Last week, California senator Dianne Feinstein (D) introduced legislation aimed at preventing the separation of children from their parents while attempting to cross the United States’ border with Mexico. Over 30 Democrats have signed onto the proposed bill, which would only permit the separation of children if it is “in the best interests of the child,” including instances of suspected abuse and child trafficking.

“The United States must not be a country that traumatizes young children by separating them from their parents,” Feinstein said on the Senate floor. “Congress has a moral obligation to take a stand and say that families should not be forcibly separated.”

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