MSNBC's Chris Hayes, reporting from border-city McAllen, TX, said Tuesday night that President Trump has "taken hostages" by removing migrant children from their parents when they illegally enter the U.S.
"One way to understand what's happened is that the president has taken hostages, essentially, in both the sort of metaphorical and literal sense -- 2,600 children separated from their parents through an act of the president and his administration, and now is using them as leverage to try to get a legislative solution favorable to his preferred policy goals," Hayes said.
His guest, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), acknowledged that if all migrants had to prove their life was at risk or a credible fear of return then "everybody would be turned down for asylum."
"Cruz is putting forward a bill, that's what legislators do. His bill actually sets up a kangaroo court. It says that you have 14 days from your -- basically your detention, or your prison cell, to be able to get documents from your home country to make your case and prove that your life was at risk and you have a credible fear of return. Nobody can do that. So everybody would be turned down for asylum," Merkley said.