Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Kevin Nicholson came out in support of a plan by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to end the policy of separating families of illegal aliens when they’re caught crossing the border.

“We must stop illegal immigration by securing our southern border,” Nicholson said in a statement Tuesday. “Now that we face this Obama/Baldwin-induced immigration crisis, I support Senator Ted Cruz’s call for legislation that requires expedited hearings and processing within 14 days, quick asylum for those who qualify, and speedy deportation for those who do not qualify. Families should be kept together while that happens.”

Cruz’s plan calls for the hiring of more federal immigration judges to speed up the processing of illegal aliens, the creation of temporary shelters to allow the families to stay together, and expedited processing and review of asylum cases within 14 days.

Nicholson is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate against state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield). The winner of the August 14 primary will face the incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, in November. Cruz has endorsed Nicholson for Senate.

“As a father, I feel great concern any time I see a child crying out of fear or desperation, anywhere in the world,” Nicholson said. “In this case, I’m also angry with the many entrenched Washington politicians – like Tammy Baldwin – who have worked mightily to encourage the ‘catch and release’ illegal immigration policies that put innocent children in this position in the first place.”

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