Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is shifting the fight from the border security stalemate to one focused on revisiting America’s asylum laws, revealing his plan during a Fox News interview on Sunday. “I’m tired of talking about this problem. I want to fix it…The president has correctly identified the crisis at the border. Now it’s time to have a legislative solution. You need to change our laws for this to stop.” Graham is specifically focused on changing the law to allow immigration authorities to send migrant children back to their home countries in Central America, something currently limited to contiguous countries, such as Canada and Mexico. One might imagine that such an idea states the obvious, but common sense isn’t all that common anymore. Whether or not anything at all happens in DC, regardless of the conviction, remains to be seen. We’re not holding our breath.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Sen. Lindsey Graham plans to introduce a legislative package that would change the country’s asylum laws in an effort to stem the influx of migrants crossing the southern border.
The South Carolina Republican revealed his immigration plan during an interview Sunday.
“I’m tired of talking about this problem. I want to fix it. I think all Americans should want both parties to fix this problem,” Graham told Fox News. “The president has correctly identified the crisis at the border, now it’s time to have a legislative solution. You need to change our laws for this to stop, so I’ll be introducing a package — and hopefully with Democratic support — that will change our asylum laws. Ninety percent of the people apply for asylum never make it, so the standard needs to change.”
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Graham said he plans to put together the legislative package once Congress returns to Washington, D.C., from recess on April 29. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Graham helms, will then mark up the measure, he said.