Democrats in Wisconsin slammed Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday for failing to address the issue of families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Scott Walker’s silence on family separation speaks volumes. His decision to send Wisconsin’s troops to the US-Mexico border while children are being separated from their parents and put in cages is an endorsement of a cruel and inhumane policy that goes against Wisconsin values,” said TJ Helmstetter, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, in a statement. 

The issue of how the Trump administration is handling illegal crossings at the border made headlines after reports that families were being separated. Images of illegal immigrants in chainlink-fenced holding areas, and audio of distraught children have escalated the immigration issue even further. Lawmakers are trying to use the urgency of the issue to finally pass immigration reform after several failed attempts earlier this year. 

Wisconsin is set to send about two dozen National Guard troops to the border, according to an Associated Press report on Monday. They will head to Arizona to help with security efforts.

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