'Start Here' podcast: Congress reacts to immigration executive order

After Donald Trump acted on family separation at the border, ABC News' Brad Mielke spoke to Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, to get his reaction.
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Transcript for 'Start Here' podcast: Congress reacts to immigration executive order
And the president's decision to and those forced separations follows push back from members of his own party in many of them were spooked by those heartbreaking images of kids in cages. Just months before the mid term elections ABC's Brett Melky has more on that. Fred good morning a guy's. Yet there were a lot of people calling for this move by president trump but wouldn't really critical group had been congressional Republicans so Y talk to congressman Chris Stewart from Utah. He told me the president made a mistake. And then took too long to correct it he says at the end of the day the president made the right decision. But I reminded him the president supported this policy for weeks until they were pictures and public outcry. Has the president in your mind lost moral authority. To govern immigration policy in this country. I don't think so I mean look I wish to present would have acted more quickly we've been speaking about this for several weeks now have frustrated me not just the president but let's. The house and the senate as well we have responsibilities I said earlier to create a legislative fix to this something long term something permanent. But but the president the president was okay seeing these Stanley separated from more than six week training that's how all that's how long this was happening it was just that he saw those pictures in the last few days so so from now on what people come to him with new proposals when there are no pictures spelling out the consequences do you trust him to make the right decision. Well yeah I I do look at the presents are perfect he made a mistake here but I don't think you can take with a blanket tests are very broad stroke of the brush well he's a bad man he has no compassion. And of course there are still larger immigration questions facing congress we will see if now is a renewed sense of urgency to push them through we will breakdown the larger immigration debate later this morning and start here ticket out of apple podcast we figure podcasting app. Candace Diane are in our thanks to Brad.

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