As IJR previously reported, the number of migrants crossing the border has skyrocketed, breaking longstanding records. In the month of May alone, Border Patrol agents apprehended 144,278 migrants at the border. Border Patrol expects the rate of migrant crossings to be sustained, as they apprehended more than 4,100 on June 4 alone.
President Trump has been doing all he can to try and curb the number of crossings. He declared the situation a national emergency to fund construction of parts of the border wall and recently negotiated a deal to get Mexico to secure its southern border to stop the flow from Central America after threatening high tariffs on Mexican goods.
Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of migrants are arriving at the southern border, Castro still refused to call the situation a “crisis.” During an interview on “Meet the Press” on Friday, Castro explained why he sees the situation at the border as a problem created by Trump.
Watch Castro’s interview:
“We need to improve our immigration court system so people are not waiting in limbo." pic.twitter.com/vph3PorUN7
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 8, 2019
“This president has been a total disaster when it comes to the issue of immigration because he told us just a year ago that if we would be cruel enough, as Americans, to separate little children from their mothers, that that would deter more families from coming to the United States and instead, as you pointed out, the opposite is true. So, in every way, we’re worse off now than when he took office.”
While Castro may think Trump is responsible for the situation at the border, ultimately, Congress has the authority to address the issue. Castro noted that he wants to see family separation end, more aid sent to Central America, and more judges and attorneys at the border to process asylum claims.
All of those actions would require Congressional action, with the minor exception of family separation which Trump could choose not to enforce, even though the courts ruled that children cannot be kept with parents for more than 20 days. An end to the family separation policy would still require legislation from Congress.