(Washington) -- Iowa Congressman David Young says Congress is committed to addressing issues surrounding the controversial "zero tolerance" policy on immigration.
Announced by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April, and backed by the Trump Administration, the policy allows parents detained at the U.S.-Mexican border to be separated from children. Pictures of children placed in cages have caused an uproar across the entire country, and the world. Young reacted to the controversy on KMA's "Morning Line" program Wednesday morning.
"First of all, it's important to note that we want to make sure we keep families together," said Young. "It is important to note that when you see adults and children coming to the border, and over, you want to make sure that they are a family, and you keep them together. There's some human traffickers out there, so you want to make sure you're doing your due diligence. And, there some nefarious people trying to take advantage of the issue."
The Van Meter Republican says at least two bills proposed in the U.S. House attempted to tackle immigration issues.
"One is kind of the compromise bill, with the four pillars that President Trump had wanted to address," he said, "and that has to do with ending the visa lottery, ending the chain migration, and really narrowing that down to the nuclear family, dealing with DACA recipients and the 'dreamers'--giving them a certain status to be able to be here, and making sure there's border security--and that's very, very important, as well."
Young says another bill contains elements of "Sara's Law," which includes stricter regulations for detaining illegals charged in major crimes.
"If you remember Sara Root, the young lady who was killed by an illegal person, a drunk driver, here, that's addressed, as well," said Young. "I'm looking carefully at both of these bills. They're kind of changing and evolving, even as we talk. I've got to make sure I do my due diligence, and really make sure I understand and read these bills."
Each bill contains provisions ending the separation of families detained at the border. President Trump continues to push for $25 billion for construction of a border wall as part of any new immigration policy. Young says the border wall is included in the bills under congressional consideration.
"It's been a priority of the president," said the congressman. "It's obviously been a priority for myself, because we've got to make sure we're not revisiting this issue again, and we take care of the issue. Borders are important--sovereign nations need borders. They need to know who's coming in, and who's in their country. The border wall is just one pillar of those four that the president's advocating for, and that many in Congress are advocating, as well."
You can hear the full interview with David Young on our "Morning Line" page at kmaland.com.
UPDATE: President Trump indicated Wednesday afternoon he would sign an executive order ending family separation at the U.S.-Mexican border.