North Dakota lawmakers weigh in on immigration debate

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - As migrant families continue to be separated at the border, elected officials are mulling over solutions on Capitol Hill. North Dakota lawmakers are weighing in on the immigration controversy consuming our country.

The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy” means migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally will be criminally prosecuted, including parents traveling with children. The administration’s policy has led to an average of 60 children being separated from parents each day.

President Trump says Congress can fix the issue by passing legislation to fix the immigration system. Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) agrees with the president and is focused on strengthening borders.

“I think there’s a lot of over dramatization if you want to know the truth, but I would say this: North Dakotans are most concerned about safety and security at our borders,” said Cramer.

The House of Representatives is considering two pieces of immigration legislation this week. Cramer is signed onto the more hard line bill.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) has come out adamantly opposed to the current policy. Heitkamp recently signed onto a Senate bill aiming to keep these migrant families together. She recently said in a Facebook post there should be consequences for those coming here illegally, but that doesn’t mean foregoing mercy.