Two Nebraska Congressmen support the Trump Administration’s approach to the Central American migrant caravan which has reached the southern border.
Approximately 6,000 migrants camp out at the Tijuana sports complex, waiting in Mexico while United States courts assess their asylum claims.
Congressman Adrian Smith concedes the U-S needs to evaluate its immigration-asylum policies.
“Now, I think we need to look at our whole process to make sure it’s less bureaucratic, but upholding the rule of law is what is so important,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Smith says it is important that the United States display strength and enforce its immigration policy. He says the U.S. cannot just allow anyone who walks up to the border to automatically get through.
Congressman Don Bacon applauds the agreement with the Mexican government to keep migrants there while their claims are being addressed.
“And so, I think that we’re doing it right,” Bacon tells Coby Mach, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We’re going to ensure that each person gets due process and a judicial hearing, but we’re not going to let them come into our country and be released while they’re awaiting their judicial hearing. They’re going to be waiting on the Mexico side and I think that’s the right thing to do.”
Bacon says the United States must be on guard for the possibility that terrorists have infiltrated the migrant caravan, seeking cover with those seeking asylum to enter in the country. He says the government estimates as many as ten terrorists try to cross the border and get into the United States.
On average, 10% of those who apply for asylum in the United States are successful, according to Bacon.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]