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NOGALES, Ari.--The Trump administration has no plans to reinstate a family-separation policy. 

That was something Vice President Mike Pence made clear Thursday when he went to Nogales, Arizona to get a briefing on border security. 

“I just want to tell you that we get it. Now it’s time that Congress got it. It’s time for Congress to do their job,” Pence said when speaking to Border Patrol agents. 

He said the administration remains committed to stemming the flow of migrants to the southern border. Pence wants to give agents at the border the resources they need to do their job. 

“But Congress has got to act. Close the loopholes the human traffickers use to entice people to make the long and treacherous road into our country illegally,” Pence said. 

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey echoed Pence’s statement. 

“This is an issue of public safety, border security, and national security. Not just for Arizona, but for the entire country,” Ducey said.   

More undocumented immigrants and migrants were apprehended along the southern border in March than in any month since 2007, according to Customs and Border Protection data released Tuesday. There were approximately 92,000 arrests of undocumented migrants for illegal entry along the southern border in March, up from 37,390 the previous March. Overall in March, more than 103,000 people were apprehended along the border or encountered at a port of entry and deemed “inadmissible.”

Responding to South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg 

Buttigieg — who previously said that he wished “the Mike Pences of the world” understood that their “quarrels” over his sexuality are “with my creator” — addressed Pence’s repeated assertions that his criticisms are faith-based.

“I’m not critical of his faith; I’m critical of bad policies,” Buttigieg told television host Ellen DeGeneres. “I don’t have a problem with religion — I’m religious too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people and especially in the LGBTQ community.”

Pence responded on CNBC. 

“He said some things that are critical of my Christian faith and about me personally. He knows better,” Pence said. 

Pence alluded to the fact that he had a great working relationship with Buttigieg when he was the Governor of Indiana. 

“I have my Christian values. My family and I have a view of marriage that’s informed by our faith. We stand by that. That doesn’t mean that we’re critical of anyone else who has a different point of view,” Pence said. 
 

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