Bredesen ‘horrified’ by separation of illegal immigrant parents from children; Blackburn blames liberals

Statements from U.S. Senate candidates Marsha Blackburn, Republican, and Phil Bredesen, Democrat, as reported by The Tennessean, on separation of children from their parents when detained at the U.S.-Mexico when suspected of trying to enter the country illegally:

“As a mother, my heart breaks for the families who are separated at the border, but we are in this position because liberals would not pay to enforce our immigration laws or build appropriate facilities for asylum seekers,” the Republican congresswoman and candidate for U.S. Senate said in a statement released by her congressional office.

“Liberal judges ruled that meant we couldn’t keep kids with their families,” Blackburn said. “That lapse in judgment put us in the difficult position of choosing between enforcing our laws or keeping families together. We don’t have to choose if we fix this problem, secure our borders and keep people from coming across our border illegally and choosing to put their families in danger.”

Blackburn, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Bob Corker, did not say whether she believes the Trump administration should end the policy.

… Blackburn’s likely Democratic opponent in November, former Gov. Phil  Bredesen, soundly condemned the separation policy.

“At our border with Mexico, our country is taking terrified little children from their parents and incarcerating them in camps behind chain link fences,” he said in a statement. “The whole process is secret—the press has been prevented from doing their job. Any normal American is horrified.”

Bredesen said the separations are no longer Trump’s problem—”It is America’s problem,” he said.

“Thankfully, we live in a strong nation, full of parents, faith leaders and many others from all parts of the political spectrum who have condemned this policy,” Bredesen said. “We have placed ourselves on a morally bankrupt path. Today, the real test of our strength as a nation is not whether we’ve made a mistake, it’s whether we recognize where we’ve failed and fix it. Now.”

26 Responses to Bredesen ‘horrified’ by separation of illegal immigrant parents from children; Blackburn blames liberals

  • Donna Locke says:

    Yes, Phil, we are on a bankrupt path, in every way.

  • Brenda Miller says:

    We can all agree we don’t want children separated from parents. But to pretend children being separated from parents at the border is any more painful than children of legal parents who go to prison is playing on our emotions for political reasons. To stop the problem our government should make it clear to the countries where these people are fleeing from because of violence, all funding to these countries will stop and citizens warned not to go to these countries for vacation and businesses stop all interaction until the governments of these countries stop the gangs and clean up the mess so these people don’t have to leave their homes.

  • James White says:

    Interesting Blackburn…. She is cosponsor of bill to give them AMNESTY. (and Diane Black is too). Oh and it also creates the NATIONAL Biometric ID.
    They should not cosponsor such bills.

    • Donna Locke says:

      James, I know why they are doing it, but none of them should be voting for any amnesty. Most Americans have no idea how huge and ongoing that amnesty and its consequences would be.

  • James White says:

    Send ALL Illegals Back.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Bredesen sold out Tennesseans as Governor when he handed over the refugee resettlement program to liberal, private charities. Now they are scheming for more federal aid while ignoring their own parishioner’s needs. 3000+ new Muslims a year right here in our backyard! Thanks, Phil. I doubt you will remind people of this in your campaign.

  • JudyR says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I actually agree with James White on this – Send ALL illegals back.

    • James White says:

      And tell Marsha and Diane , NO Amnesty.

      • Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Marsha and Diane are running for higher office IN TENNESSEE so I don’t think we have to worry about their vote. BETTER IDEA, call the White House, it’s Trump who’s squishy on immigration even though it’s the issue that made him President.

        202 456-1111. I’ve been trying all morning and it’s busy. I’ll keep on trying. How about you!

  • Silence Dogood says:

    Send all illegals and their kids back. In fact do not let any of them in the country. Build the Wall. MAGA!

  • William Upton says:

    Bredesen should go console his democrat friends Corker and Alexander.

  • Done Playing Nice says:

    “But we are in this position because liberals would not pay to enforce our immigration laws or build appropriate facilities for asylum seekers” Representative Blackburn, you are such a liar. Just like Lyin Trump. Our country is in this position because President Trump has ordered his Department of Justice, ICE agency and Department of Homeland Security to prosecute all adults who cross the border, illegally or seeking asylum legally. Before Lyin Trump and AG Sessions, families weren’t being separated. This is their policy, their deal with the devil. Without any hearings of any kind, President Trump is having these children (babies who are nursing for goodness sake!) taken thousands of miles away from their parents, alone and frightened. Talk about a tax payer boon-doggle! Who’s getting paid to set up and run and staff these newly ordered detention camps? Surely not CoreCivic the largest for-profit prison industry who contributes mightily to Blackburn and company every election season…
    Trump is arbitrarily exercising power in a way that should shock our collective conscience. What the Germans did to the Jews in Nazi Germany was LEGAL; arresting Jews for crossing borders was LEGAL; separating children from their parents was LEGAL. Legally supported by individuals who cared more about power than human decency – just because something is LEGAL does not make it right or moral or good policy. And it wasn’t liberals or liberal judges who started this fascist journey. It was TRUMP and those that support him.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Actually what Trump is doing because he is not interested in the fundamental transformation of this country is strictly enforcing our immigration laws to discourage illegal immigration from Latin America. What the Democrats want to do is to acquire a new electorate as their popularity, especially among Caucasian males, has declined so when the American people are stupid enough to allow them to get the power they have lax enforcement of our immigration laws. DPN, that’s what its all about and the only question is are the rest of us going to sit by and allow the Democrats to succeed. Obviously, most of the people, at least in Tennessee and surrounding states, have no intention of doing so. It’s an ongoing war, “the children” are only the latest front in that war.

      The only reason why authoritarians like fascists and communists are able to legalize the things that they do is that they simply pack the legislatures and the courts with fascists and communists that go along with the dictator who is the leader of the party. You know, it’s like U.S. liberals pack the courts with liberals who twist and turn the constitution to allow the liberal governments to do most anything they want to do while preventing conservatives and the people by referendum from governing, so that when the liberals are through we have no constitution at all. All you authoritarians are the same, I guess.

      • James White says:

        Well we must blame the Republicans also. Face, Neither party wants to control illegal immigration. Dems wants the voters and Pubs wants the workers. Like George Wallace said, there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two partys.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          That’s centrist Republicans who actually have no ideology, they are there simply to get the benefits of public office and in exchange doing the bidding of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce/Business Round Table cheap labor lobby. Actually, it’s conservative Republicans like the members of the House Freedom Caucus who are standing in the way of liberalizing our immigration laws to allow more immigration when, in fact, we need much less.

          Republicans, unlike Democrats, are not fungible pols. That’s why it’s job one of every conservative to make the Republican Party much more of a reliable right-wing organization and it would sure be swell James if you would join us in that endeavor instead of being “Mr. No” which does have severe limitations.

          • James White says:

            Yet, you Stuart, are voting for and promoting republicans like Marsha Blackburn. Marsha has voted to increase the Cost, Size, Reach, and Power of government. If we have 435 like Her in the House and 435 like Her in the Senate, NOTHING would change. The Debt would continue to rise, Just as it does under a Republican House or a Democratic House. Same with every facet of the legislative (and executive) branch. Voting for More of the Insane Same will Not change anything.
            I would believe you more if you were not voting to continue this destructive cycle. The Constitution is the solution, but both parties have abandoned it for Money and Power. They are corrupt to the core. Both are evil, and voting for the Lesser of two evils is a vote for evil.
            Stop voting for evil.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Well not exactly. I know Marsha and Marsha the human being is by instinct and personality considerably to the right of the average Republican in the House, and certainly the Republican leadership. Unfortunately, for the Marsha’s in the House, the center of gravity and the pull from the party is left so being ambitious she and those of the same inclination end up with a more liberal record than they might if she was cloned 434 more times.

            It makes no difference. I expect my representatives and senators to resist the blandishments of the centrists and liberals and vote conservative. Marsha does that imperfectly hence her 82% Heritage score and her failure to team up with the House Freedom Caucus. The difference between us is that I don’t say “the hell with it” because I know Marsha will be better than Corker and a lot better than Bredesen and that’s enough for me.

  • James White says:

    Every President since Reagan has done amnesty. I think Trump will do it because it will be include his wall building. NO amnesty period.

  • James White says:

    100 in the senate, i know

  • Bob Fischer says:

    The right wing media and pundits have done a great job of misrepresenting this issue.It is not illegal to seek asylum at any point on the border, and if in fact asylum is granted, no crime has been committed. What the Trump administration has done is reverse the process and criminally charge the misdemeanor border crossing before the asylum hearing. This is inefficient, ineffective stupid and immoral. It’s also a violation and of national and international law. There is currently a huge humanitarian crisis in Central America, that we had no small part in instigating, and the problem is not that these people want to leach off our system, but rather they want to live in peace. Obviously, the best way to handle this is with a leader that has a grasp of foreign policy that can work with our neighbors to help quell what about to four or five civil wars, but we’re stuck with what we have, til at least 2020.

    • James White says:

      It is not the governments job to quell wars in other countries, but it is our job to stop ALL Illegals.

      • James White says:

        Escaping civil war is not a reason for granting asylum.
        An asylum seeker must prove that he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on one or more of five grounds:
        Membership in a particular social group (Most LGBTQ individuals who apply for asylum qualify under this category)
        Political opinion.

        • Bob Fischer says:

          And just what do you think running from political/social/criminal terror involves?

          It’s like saying the term “general welfare” is extraneous because you can’t grasp the meaning or intent.

          When one asks for asylum, it is a judge’s determination as to whether of not that is just.

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