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Bill Nelson slams Rick Scott for failure to condemn border family separation policy

Even as Republicans (such as former Gov. Jeb Bush) decry President Donald Trump‘s policy of separating migrant children from families at the Mexican border, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is framing Gov. Rick Scott‘s response as lacking.

Scott has stated his opposition on the policy, with the most forceful declaration on Monday, as the Governor and U.S. Senate candidate blamed the issue on “bipartisan inaction and failure from our federal government” and not the president implementing the policy.

“They have failed to secure our borders, which has resulted in this chaos,” Scott said. “Let me be clear — I do not favor separating families. Washington is to blame for this by being all talk and no action, and the solution is to secure the border. Anyone seeking to enter our country illegally needs to be sent back, with the exception of those who are truly seeking asylum from an oppressive regime.”

This wasn’t enough for Nelson.

“As thousands of kids sit and sleep in warehouses, separated from their parents, Rick Scott — once again — refuses to stand up to the Trump Administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating families,” Nelson’s spox Carlie Waibel asserted.

“Bill Nelson is fighting in Congress to stop the separation of families — co-sponsoring the Keep Families Together Act — and holding the Trump Administration accountable, while Rick Scott plays politics with these children’s lives. It’s time for Rick Scott to stand up to his friend Donald Trump and support legislation to keep families together,” Waibel added.

In media encounters both Monday and last week, Scott has not mentioned Trump’s name.

Scott’s positioning is apace with that of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, but seemingly ambivalent compared to the forceful policy condemnations of many Senate Republicans.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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