Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) attempted to bait United States Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett into disavowing or approving of President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border but ultimately failed.
During the third day of Barrett’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Booker asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge if she opposed the practice of separating adult border crossers from the children they arrive with at the southern border.
Barrett, who repeatedly told Senate Democrats she could not express opinions on debated policy matters, some making their way through the courts, told Booker she would not be “drawn into a debate” about immigration policy.
The exchange went as follows:
Booker: Do you think it’s wrong to separate children from their parents to deter immigrants from coming to the United States?
Barrett: Well Sen. Booker, that’s been a matter of policy debate and you know,