There are mixed reactions to the U.S. policy of separating families who seek asylum by crossing the border illegally. Senator Ben Sasse thinks border security is imporant and has criticized catch-and-release policies and expressed concern over human traffickers and jihadis exploiting our southern border. .Congressman Don Bacon says we must continue to control border crossings for the sake of our national security. Jessica Vaughn is the Director of Policy Studies for the Center for Immigration Studies and says there is no answer as long as people cross into the country illegally.
Vaughn says, “The Trump Administration would much rather keep the kids with the parents in an immigration holding facility while their cases are processed. They can’t just keep releasing them into the country because what we have found that most of them just disappear and join the illegal population. They have no intention of filing an asylum claim. The courts won’t let them keep them together so they have fallen back on this process to try to deter illegal entry and imposing some consequences for parents making this choice. It is not ideal.”
Vaughn says parents can be reunited with their children any time the like if they agree to return to their own country rather than pursue an asylum claim that is certainly almost frivolous.
Vaughn says, “It is clear what is really happening is people are trying to take advantage of overly lenient policies that were pursued in the past and the Trump Administration is trying to change that dynamic to entice people to do this. Unfortunately in the short term it is very painful but at least they have the courage to try to address it.”
Vaughn says the only “fix” to the problem is establishing a workable immigration policy.