"Well, Senator Booker. That's been a matter of policy debate. And, you know, obviously, that's a matter of hot political debate in which I can't express a view or be drawn into as a judge."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Corey Booker, (D) New Jersey
"So I respect that a lot, but I think the underlying question is actually not hotly debated. And and just maybe I'll answer it. Ask it one more time. Do you think it's wrong to separate a child from their parent? Not for the safety of the child or parent, but to send a message. As a human being, do you believe that that's wrong?"
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Corey Booker, (D) New Jersey
"Well, Senator, I think you're trying to engage me on the administration's order separation policies, and I can't express a view on that. So I I'm not expressing assent or dissent with the morality of that position. I just can't be drawn into a debate about the administration's immigration policy."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Corey Booker, (D) New Jersey
"And so you had a conversation with Senator Klobuchar about voting. And I just want to know, have you ever waited five hours to vote?
I have not. (Booker: Have you ever waited over an hour even?) I have not.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Corey Booker, (D) New Jersey
Yeah. Well, in Wisconsin, a state in your circuit, we saw the travesty during the primary earlier this year during a pandemic, that many polling places were closed, and lines were incredibly long. In Milwaukee, a city of more than half a million people located in a county with 70 percent of that state's black population, we literally saw, out of the city's 180 polling places, only five were open, pushing people into hours and hours long wait. Now, comparatively, 66 polling places were open in the city of Madison, a predominantly white city half the size of Milwaukee."
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett would not say that the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border was wrong.
Barrett was being questioned by Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey about the practice during her confirmation hearing Wednesday. She said she could not be drawn into a debate about the Trump administration’s immigration policy. She has refused to engage on many issues, including whether President Donald Trump has the right to delay the election, citing the need for judicial independence.
The Trump administration separated more than 2,500 children from their parents at the border during the spring and summer of 2018. The practice was widely derided as inhumane by world leaders, lawmakers and religious groups, including by Pope Francis.
Later investigations concluded thousands more may have been separated, but the administration’s lack of records made it impossible to fully grasp how many. The administration is still in court over the policy.
Booker also questioned Barrett about voter suppression and racial disparities in the justice system before arguing the confirmation hearings themselves are not normal, given the fact Americans are already begun voting for president.
"Have you ever waited five hours to vote," Booker asked the nominee.
"I have not," Barrett replied.
"Have you ever waited over an hour, even," Booker then asked.