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UPDATED: Walden says legislation will fix ‘heartbreaking’ issue with immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden

UPDATED TUESDAY WITH IMMIGRATION LAWYERS' REMARKS

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon’s only Republican in Congress, Monday blamed court cases under six presidential administrations for the “heartbreaking” scene of children being taken from their parents at the U.S. border.

He said immigration legislation pending in the House includes provisions “ensuring that children are not separated from entering our country illegally.” He didn’t provide specifics.

Two national immigration groups disputed that, saying the proposed legislation wouldn’t affect the separations.

Walden issued his short written statement to the Malheur Enterprise as a national furor unfolded over images and reports of children being taken from parents and housed in compounds formed by chain link fences. The Trump administration since April has . . .