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Republicans On Senate Committee Quell Resolution Opposing Trump's Family Separation Policy

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Republicans on a Utah Senate committee abruptly ended debate on Friday on a resolution opposing President Trump’s now-discontinued policy of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake, introduced the legislation, S.R. 1, urging Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to halt the separation of migrant families and quickly reunify already separated children with their parents.

Davis said it’s not a partisan issue.

“It’s about a policy that’s going on in this country that we as citizens should stand up and say: Enough. We don’t want this to happen in this country,” he said.

President Trump reversed his so-called “zero-tolerance policy” after public outcry last summer. However, thousands of children remain separated months after a court ordered their reunification.

But Republicans on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee seemed skeptical. Sen. Gregg Buxton, R-Roy, told Davis the bill felt “a day late and a dollar short.” And Sen. Scott Sandall, R-Tremonton, argued there may be cases where it’s justified.


“I just can’t get there at this point because I think there are times when it’s appropriate and when it’s needed,” said Sandall. “So we’ll probably just agree to disagree on this, but I appreciate your passion.”

Democrats tried to advance the resolution, but Republicans adjourned the meeting before the vote could take place. That effectively kills the legislation.  

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Full text of Sen. Gene Davis' resolution.

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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