In case you haven't been watching the news or following any social media timelines, the Trump administration is currently separating children from their families at the border and keeping them in literal cages.
As part of Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the policy, which directs Homeland Security officials to refer all cases of illegal entry into the United States for prosecution.
Yes, it is true that child separation policies have been around long since Trump took office, but it is the Trump administration that has justified separating families at the border.
To combat this monstrous policy, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced the "Keep Families Together Act." Since its introduction, every Democratic senator has signed on to promote the legislation, but not a single Republican has done so, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.
Portman took to Twitter to release his official statement:
Here is my statement reiterating my opposition to the Trump admin policy of separating families at the border. pic.twitter.com/68xivO7zr6— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) June 19, 2018
It's nice that Portman seems to care so much about the immigrants in this country, especially after the ICE raids in Sandusky that put 114 immigrants behind bars and his refusal to answer any questions about the topic.
If his Twitter is to be believed, at least Portman recognizes children are at risk of trafficking, abuse and getting lost in the immigration system if they are separated from their families as a political bargaining chip so Trump can get Democrats to vote for his border wall. But if Portman cares so much about children (as he claims), why isn't he signing on to the Keep Families Together Act?
"Congress should act quickly on a legislative solution to fix this problem," Portman tweets, and yet he is still one of the exclusively Republican list of 51 senators that have not signed on board with Keep Families Together Act.
Every Senate Democrat has now become a co-sponsor of the legislation which would prohibit children from being separated from their parents within 100 miles of the U.S. border except for instances of abuse, neglect or other specific circumstances.
Portman's tweet makes it sound like he's looking to write legislation of his own, joining the ranks of Texas Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn who have already announced they're writing a counterpiece of legislation
Is it that difficult for Republicans to get behind a Democrat-introduced piece of legislature, or are they really willing to let children sleep in cages where babies have their diapers changed by other children so Republicans can take their sweet time throwing together their own version of legislation?
To quote Trump himself, "We could have an immigration bill. We could have — child separation — we’re stuck with these horrible laws. They’re horrible laws. What’s happening is so sad — is so sad. And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we’ll have safety."
You're right. We do have that legislation. It's called the Keep Families Together Act and all it takes to end this madness is for Republicans like Rob Portman to get on board.
Senator Portman, it's time to put your voting power where your Twitter mouth is.
Rob Portman, your priority needs to be stopping Trump from dividing families. This is what I want to see you working on. Don’t let this happen!— Pat Bowman (@Birdlover19) June 16, 2018
Yo .@robportman I left you a voicemail this morning. You gonna support the bill to bar the separation of families at the border, or do I need to proceed with my plan to vote against you in your next election?— No Autocrats Club (@TheNewJKarl) June 18, 2018
@robportman you represent me as a senator from Ohio. Pulling kids from parents is clearly wrong. You wouldn’t want that for you or yours. Please support this bill. #doright #Christianity https://t.co/r81qdSblfl— James Hudgens (@Grapple00) June 19, 2018
.@robportman, it has to be an easy choice: either you make the simplest, lowest-bar moral decision and sign on, or you join Trump in torturing child hostages and their parents, in a racist bid to build a pointless wall. You choose. We, in OH, will remember. https://t.co/zUx0THfzfW— Jacob Labendz (@Jacob_Labendz) June 18, 2018
writing to rob portman is my least favorite daily routine pic.twitter.com/f0jMZ4K3Bn— Benjamin (@BenSteingass) June 19, 2018
If you'd like to contact Senator Portman directly, you can email him by clicking here.
He also has multiple phone lines and addresses that can be contacted below:
Washington, D.C. Office
448 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
37 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)
312 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199
420 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604