The Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is being met by doubts from a Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico and forceful condemnation from the Democratic competitor

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Trump administration policy of separating immigrant children from their parents is being met by doubts from a Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico and forceful condemnation from the Democratic competitor. Both candidates in the border state also serve in Congress.

Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce said in a statement Thursday that it is almost never a good idea to separate children from families and that immigrant children need to be treated humanely and reasonably.

Democratic candidate and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham traveled Thursday to a border crossing and immigration detention facilities in California to condemn the separation of child immigrants as shameful and immoral.

Nearly 2,000 children initially were taken from parents under a “zero tolerance” policy for those arrested for illegally entering the country.