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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)—who once broke with his party to propose sweeping immigration reform in 2013—has stepped up the plate with a solution for the current crisis of family separation going on at the U.S. border.
It’s a hashtag.
Returning to a policy that only adults with children are released would create an incentive to bring kids. Yes separating families is cruel,but so is a policy that encourages parents to bring their kids on a dangerous journey. Instead lets #DetainandMaintain families together— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 20, 2018
The Trump administration has instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for people crossing the border and believes that one way to stem the tide of people coming to the country is to split up families, something a strident enforcement of existing law allows.
And while the efficacy of separating parents and children as a deterrent is not clear despite what Rubio says (and leaving aside the much larger question of the morality of it), that’s a hashtag advocating for jailing entire families.
Something people on Twitter couldn’t even fathom.
And how about getting congress to act on workable immigration laws https://t.co/Hk32pdhjon— Vicki Freeman (@vlfreeman) June 20, 2018
They have a hashtag about throwing young children in jail. https://t.co/wtozRFMOuw— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 20, 2018
Your hashtag is as repugnant as you. You disgust me. https://t.co/ik1xjG3rNp— Paige Smith (@pmm526) June 20, 2018
You came up with a hashtag?— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) June 20, 2018
Wow. A hashtag for putting people in cages. What a brainstorming session that must have been.— Jane's World (@jane_epperly) June 20, 2018
Whatever your stance on immigration, a hashtag about incarcerating people is not a solution.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]