Graham on Border Crisis

Proposes new legislation

Evan Smith
June 11, 2019 - 3:25 pm

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduced new legislation that would require migrants seeking asylum in the United States to first apply at a consulate or embassy in their home country or in Mexico, instead of at the Southern border.

This comes after acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss border enforcement, and if there are inappropriate conditions for migrants.

“This is a comprehensive review process,” McAleenan stated to the committee, “that’s managed both within the ICE component, as well as at the inspectors general’s level, our office of civil rights and civil liberties, and in response to various court orders. The standards are very high.”

“We do have issues from time to time,” he added, “but the issues were identified in the recent GHO report and the major ones were corrected immediately.”

Graham’s legislation would also increase the amount of time that migrant children could stay in custody from 20 days to 100 days, and also make it easier for officers to deport unaccompanied minors to Central America.

In the wake of Graham’s legislation, Democrats argued that the administration and Republicans are ignoring conditions at detention centers, and that children are still being separated from their parents.

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