U.S. Senate candidates criticize family separations, allege hypocrisy by Heinrich
June 23, 2018 03:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., joins other political leaders in visiting and condemning the conditions of temporary migrant shelters in southern Texas, the two candidates gunning to replace him offered up criticisms of their own on Saturday.
Mick Rich, the Republican candidate running for Senate, said the policy of separating children from their families at the border is representative of a fractured immigration system.
"Republicans and Democrats alike need to stop their partisan bickering and finger-pointing and act immediately to reform our immigration system and stop this needless suffering," Rich said in a statement.
Rich's campaign also called Heinrich's trip to the border, and the statements he has made there, hypocritical, adding it's "a low-brow and cynical stunt."
Aubrey Dunn, the Libertarian candidate in the race, said Heinrich's time in Washington has helped cause the polarizing situation unfolding on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"While it is commendable that Senator Heinrich is standing up for families now, we shouldn't forget it is the hyperpartisanship and gridlock in DC that he is guilty making worse that has led to this disturbing situation," Dunn said in a statement. "New Mexico needs to make a change to send a real New Mexican to DC that will actually work to fix the immigration problem instead of playing party politics and complaining about Republicans."
The statements come as Heinrich prepares to host a rally calling for family reunification in Albuquerque on Saturday afternoon.
Updated: June 23, 2018 03:35 PM
Created: June 23, 2018 03:33 PM
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