Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, says there needs to be a fundamental change to immigration and asylum laws in order to stop illegal immigrants from exploiting loopholes in the system.
“Our good intentions have gotten in our own way and it’s bad for immigrants,” Crenshaw said Sunday on Fox News.
He said that illegal immigrants are using children as a way to evade detention and emphasized that lawmakers need to work on fixing the law to prevent the swell of migrants across the southern border, where authorities are overwhelmed.
“People have now started to realize if they bring a child with them then they can’t be held,” said Crenshaw. “They can’t be held, and they’ll be caught, and they’ll be released — and it’s really questionable whether they’ll ever show back up.”
“What we have to do is remove those loopholes. We have to allow people to be detained, keep the family together, but keep them there and adjudicate that case quickly,” he added.
“We need resources to do that, we need more detention space, we need more immigration judges, and we need to change our asylum law so that it deters this abuse of the system,” said Crenshaw. “It’s not fair to legal immigrants, it’s not fair to the children who are being dragged across, and it’s not fair to the sovereignty of our nation.”
Last month almost 100,000 people were detained for crossing the border illegally — the highest number in one month since 2007. President Trump has made border security both a campaign talking point and a top priority in office.
By Zachary Halaschak for WASHINGTON EXAMINER
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