Graham Pushes for Border Bill

Wants to close asylum loopholes

Evan Smith
July 17, 2019 - 3:14 pm

A couple of months ago, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham spoke on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” saying he wants to change the asylum loopholes.

Graham affirmed that desire when he introduced a bill last May that would change the asylum process and try to slow the flow of migrants.

The legislation would make four significant changes to current asylum practices:

-It would require migrants seeking asylum to first apply at a consulate or embassy in their home country or in Mexico, instead of at the Southern border, as current practices dictate.

-It would increase the amount of time children could stay in custody from 20 days to 100 days

-It would relax restrictions on deporting unaccompanied minors to Central America

-It would add 500 new immigration judges to alleviate the backup in the court log

“I am willing to buy beds for these people so they’ll have a better place to get a night’s sleep,” Graham said on “Sunday Morning Futures,” but he added: “I’m not going to let them go. And AOC and Democrats are trying to break the system so that we let these people go.”

Reporters who followed Graham and other lawmakers on recent tours through detention facilities noted the foul stench and extreme heat inside the McAllen Center, a facility holding nearly 400 Central American men. The migrant men were reportedly trying to tell members of the press that they didn’t have access to showers or toothbrushes.

Senator Graham has been working to fix asylum loopholes, and said he expects to put a border bill on the floor before the August recess.

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