Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway blasted Congress for its inaction on fixing asylum laws in the face of the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the situation was “very frustrating.”
While speaking to reporters in the White House driveway on Tuesday, Conway weighed in on the crisis at the southern border, saying that all the people claiming asylum at the border still “need to be processed” and quipping that “we have a couple of judges, apparently, in charge of immigration policy for an entire country.”
Conway went on to say that Congress could address the immigration crisis by fixing a number of things, including the Flores settlement decision that set the 20-day maximum detainment length for children and families caught unlawfully crossing the border.
She also stated that Congress could “fix catch and release” and “asylum” before expressing her disappointment with Congress “doing nothing most of the time” instead of making laws.
“They can fix catch and release. Frankly, they can fix asylum. They can fix the visa overstays. They just refuse to act. They’re so busy doing nothing most of the time that they can’t actually make laws for an entire country.”
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Kellyanne Conway: "[Congress] can fix catch and release. Frankly they can fix asylum. They can fix the visa overstays. They just refuse to act. They're so busy doing nothing most of the time that they can't actually make laws for an entire country. It's very frustrating." pic.twitter.com/VplD0bhH0A
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“It’s very frustrating,” Conway added.
The counselor to President Donald Trump continued on to say that the issue was “frustrating” for her when the Republicans controlled the House as well as currently with the Democratic-controlled House.
Conway is not the only official calling on Congress to act and fix asylum laws.
The Border Patrol chief under former President Barack Obama, Mark Morgan, fired off against Congress on Monday, torching lawmakers for “want[ing] to eat the elephant in one bite instead of looking at what they need to do right now,” as IJR Red previously reported.
Like Conway, Morgan called for the changing of the Flores agreement as well as the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which prevents children under the age of 18 from being returned to Central America after being caught illegally crossing the border.