Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) had an experience that “will break your heart” while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border amid the growing crisis.
Collins met with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in El Paso, Texas, earlier this week “to see firsthand the crisis at our southern border.”
The Republican congressman’s border visit comes at a time that border officials hit a record roundup in apprehensions of illegal immigrants, reaching 1,036 as of early Wednesday.
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) May 29, 2019
“What I saw at the border will break your heart,” Collins told “Fox & Friends” about his border visit. He said the “perverse incentives” of U.S. immigration policies are “causing this to happen.”
The Georgia representative noted immigrants are looking for a “free pass” while putting children “as young as one and two and three-months-years-old in danger” to cross the border illegally, adding that Congress must “fix this.”
While noting a bill proposed by the Congress member and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) in January to fix immigration loopholes, Collins said it would fix the Flores settlement, the credible fear part of asylum claims, and trafficking victims.
Collins went on to blast congressional Democrats for wanting to “use these immigrants and these migrants as pawns.”
“They don’t want to fix this problem. They want to use it as a political issue to try and bash Republicans or bash the president. Here’s my challenge to the Democrats. I put a bill out there. Sen. Graham’s put a bill out there. Where’s your bill? Are they more important to you to fix this or use them?”
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As IJR Red reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) proposed a plan to fix U.S. asylum laws which would include moving asylum claims outside of the U.S. — those who claim asylum are released into the U.S., with many never to be seen again as 87% of migrants never show for their court date.
Additionally, Graham’s proposal would keep families together longer while they await trial and add hundreds of more judges to move through the legal process quicker.
In a statement regarding the southern border that President Donald Trump described as a “dramatic,” he announced that he will be placing a 5% tariff on goods from Mexico starting June 10. The tariff would reach up to 25% by October as a way to push Mexico to help end the massive number of immigrants trying to come to the U.S. illegally, as IJR News reported.
“If the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico, to be determined in our sole discretion and judgment, the tariffs will be removed,” Trump said.