June 26, 2018 / 7:17 PM / 5 months ago

U.S. Senate leader wants unanimous vote to stop immigrant family separations

Undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at a bus depot in McAllen, Texas, U.S., June 25, 2018. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he would like to see the Senate unanimously pass legislation to prevent family separations of immigrants at the U.S. border.

“We’re hopeful that they can reach an agreement to deal with this real emergency issue,” McConnell told reporters, referring to a Senate compromise effort by Democrat Dianne Feinstein and Republican Ted Cruz. “If they can, I would hope that it’d be something the Senate could pass on a voice vote. That’s what I’d like to see.”

Reporting by Amanda Becker; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Grant McCool

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