Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham held a press conference on “legislation to address the crisis at the southern border,” on Wednesday in which he said that our current border policies are “incentivizing a horrible journey… through hell.”
“People are trying to get caught,” he told reporters. “They will keep coming because they want to get caught.”
According to The Hill, “Graham’s legislation would overhaul the U.S. asylum system, including increasing the number of days a family can be held together from 20 to 100. Democrats are likely to balk at changes to the Flores settlement, which limits the amount of time a minor can be held in custody to 20 days.”
“This is a nightmare for smugglers,” Graham said referring to his legislation, adding that “what I’m trying to do is cut off the faucet.”
In addition to changing the limits on the time that minors can be in custody, Graham’s proposal would require that asylum claims be filed from the asylum seeker’s home country, or Mexico, instead of inside the United States.
Graham’s legislation also allows budgetary consideration for 500 additional immigration judges, and allow for unaccompanied minors from Central America to be set back to their home countries, in the same way that unaccompanied minors are sent back to Canada or Mexico.
“Graham’s legislation comes after White House adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Vice President Pence briefed GOP senators Tuesday on the White House’s forthcoming plan to overhaul legal immigration,” The Hill reported.
The senator asked that “Tuesday Trump” support his bill and show up to negotiate the immigration legislation. Graham seemed to be referring to a White House meeting where the president gathered a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House and told them to send him a bill and he would sign it.
“If we can find a reasonable solution … and the president says no to more immigration reforms, then I think he will own this problem,” Graham said.
“Here’s the task for you Mr. President, you had a meeting with Republicans and Democrats. You said send me a bill and I will sign it. We sent him a bill, and he didn’t sign it. So I am urging the president to lead us to a solution,” Graham added.