Our immigration system is reaching a breaking point, and according to top Trump administration officials, something must be done.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen released a statement in response to the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the situation was extremely complicated, many are blaming CBP for his death.
Nielsen gave insight on the difficult job that the members of border patrol have while under the current system. According to her statement, there has been an 86 percent increase of illegal crossings with many of those being made by unaccompanied children.
She pointed to the failing immigration system as a factor in the change. Nielsen explained that the current system rewards illegal behavior but makes others wait.
“This changing dynamic is the direct result of obvious draw factors: an immigration system that rewards parents for sending their children across the border alone, a system that prevents parents who bring their children on a dangerous and illegal journey from facing consequences for their actions, an asylum process that is not able to quickly help those who qualify for asylum, a system that encourages fraudulent claims, and a system that encourages bad actors to coach aliens into making frivolous claims. The bottom line is that 9 out 10 asylum claims are rejected by a federal immigration judge.”
However, she clarified she was not asking for open borders, but rather a reformed system that works.
“Our system has been pushed to a breaking point by those who seek open borders … I am proud of the lifesaving work the men and women of the Border Patrol do every day, but we do not currently have the resources we need to execute the mission as directed by Congress.”
The secretary concluded her statement by asking Congress to work together to find a better solution. Nielsen will be traveling to the border next week to help oversee changes in medical screenings for children.