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Call for end to zero tolerance

As children are ripped from the arms of grieving parents, politicians on both sides of the aisle are united in outrage. President Trump's “Zero Tolerance” policy is, in the words of Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska “cruel and tragic.”

Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham and Bob Corker urged President Trump to resolve this savagery by picking up his phone and telling Jeff Sessions to end “Zero Tolerance.” He refused. Instead, President Trump has chosen to use children as a bargaining chip. His “Zero Tolerance” policy will end when Democrats agree to his wall.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation to end this nightmare. Republicans are rallying in support of his bill.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced similar legislation. Every Democratic senator has offered their support to her bill.

As much as Democrats and Republicans agree that it is immoral to separate children from their parents, they have been unable to come together in support of one bill. It is time for senators and congressmen to forget party lines and agree on one bill. End this cruel policy now.

I'm a Democrat. I just called Congressman Sean Duffy’s office to lend my support to the Cruz legislation. There are multiple reasons why I disagree with portions of the bill, but it accomplishes the most crucial goal — it ends the unforgivable separation of immigrant children from their parents.

Call Congressman Duffy’s office now at (855) 585-4251. Tell him to introduce or support legislation in the House similar to Sen. Cruz’s Senate bill.

The eyes of the world are on us. Congressman Duffy, a father of eight, must act now to end the immeasurable grief of immigrant families.

Mary Hoeft, Rice Lake, Wis.

Editor’s note: Hoeft challenged Duffy for Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District seat in 2016. She is not a candidate in the 2018 election.