SEN. RAND PAUL (R-KY): Well you know I think we ought to look at a way to try to not separate the families but we should also understand that our first priority would be to keep everybody safe and I think children in an area where people are being detained for illegally coming across the border, there’s always the possibility that some of the people being detained could either be smugglers of drugs, sexual traffickers. And so really in all of our system of incarceration throughout the United States we don’t ever put children with adults. Now I understand the emotions of this and I think we should look for a solution but I don’t think everybody should say oh we’re doing this or people are doing this on purpose because they want to separate the kids. I think people truly do and are concerned about the safety of the children and how you have children mixed in with adults- some of the adults aren’t their parents and some of the adults frankly aren’t good people. And I think the other thing is that this fits into an overall immigration question that we have to ask. Do we want to tell everybody in Central America, load up a kid or two, cross the desert- which is really essentially child abuse because people die in the desert- and then try to come into the country? It’s not what we want, it’s not what we can handle, and it’s not the appropriate way. There are immigration stations and centers where you can go, knock on the door and say I’m applying for asylum, but frankly we can’t have all of Central America come to these stations either. So it is a complicated bigger question than people are making it out to be.
I think there are some answers. I mean some of the answers people have talked about, instead of people going crazy with the tax and calling the president names, maybe what we should do is think about some solutions and work together on the solutions. This would require Democrats not hurling insults and swearing at the president, this would involve Democrats coming to Republicans and saying hey how can we do this? Number one, protect the safety of the children so they’re not molested or assaulted in any of these areas where they’re being processed and then two how do we do it in such a fashion that we can maybe get the processing done quicker. Senator Cruz and others have proposed something where we would have more judges seeing the cases. What has happened historically- and this is still happening- when you separate the children, the children are being sent into either foster care or relatives care and are staying in the U.S. and the parents are being deported back to their home country. It probably would be better if everybody stays together for the family unit but what would be best is if parents are not crossing the desert and kids die every year crossing the desert so do adults. We just need to have a situation where people in Central America know that we are not just welcoming millions of people to come illegally.