Immigration policy

Local faith leaders joined Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in speaking out against the Trump Administration’s family separation policy at a news conference in Cleveland Wednesday.

"We’re hopeful that the president acknowledges his role in this and stops this policy," Brown said. "The first thing is to keep families together, certainly to secure our borders, but it means you focus on criminals and terrorists, not on splitting up families."

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Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s already hearing criticism from Ohio automakers about President Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexican goods.

The Democratic senator says tariffs should primarily be used as a temporary tool to get to a long-term trade policy.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, June 20:

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Republican Sen. Rob Portman is calling for the immediate reversal of a Trump administration policy that’s separated more than 2,000 immigrant children from their families.

Portman is calling on the president to reverse the policy so Congress can negotiate a longer-term solution to deal with asylum seekers coming to the U.S. through its Mexico border. That legislative solution, Portman says, should include investments in detention facilities that can house whole families.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining the chorus of voices opposing a Trump immigration policy separating immigrant families at the United States border. Speaking on MSNBC Monday, Kasich blasted the practice.

“Think about this. Think about the fact that in our country, children, young children are being separated from their mothers and fathers. Could you imagine the terrifying effect on these kids?” he said.