Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Senate Republicans are putting the lives of refugee children at risk over a political fight with President Obama.
Reid said a plan from Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) holds thousands of child immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala hostage in exchange for Obama deporting undocumented children already inside the United States.
“[Cruz] says no money for these poor boys and girls until you deport the hundreds of thousands of people who deserve to be here,” Reid said on the Senate floor Monday. “They’ve resorted to ransoming children to get their way.”
Cruz has blamed Obama’s executive order to defer the deportation of Dreamers for the massive influx of undocumented children fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border. Reid said instead the children are coming because of violence in their home countries.
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