Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan is backing the Trump administration’s move to hold migrant families for a more extended period of time during their legal processing at the southern border.
The Trump administration is looking to scrap the migrant detention limits in the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement as they issued a new rule on Wednesday called the “Flores Final Rule,” as IJR News reported. Under the current agreement, migrant families can only be detained for 20 days.
The decades-long immigration law has had some worried that it’s encouraged migrants to travel with children to use them as “‘a passport to the United States,'” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said during Wednesday’s press conference.
During Thursday’s interview with “Fox & Friends,” the CBP commissioner said, “This is a game-changer.”
He said the 20-day limit is “not long enough” for the legal processing, which, as he notes, has been the “significant driver” of the massive influx of immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year.
Currently, there were 432,838 apprehensions of family units at the southern border in the fiscal year of 2019, with two months still to go.
Morgan also knocked the “false narrative” that the change would be an “indefinite” time period for migrants detained, as he said, instead, “… it’s about 40 or 50 days.”
“From 20 to about 50 to 60 days, in general, is what we’re talking about,” he explained. “It’s not indefinite. It’s just long enough to go through the immigration process.”
He is “anticipating” with the new immigration change that “we’re going to see some lawsuits like we have seen any other attempt at initiative to stem this flow by this president’s administration.”
“This will absolutely eliminate a significant part of this crisis,” he added.
Watch Morgan’s interview below:
Additionally, former Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan spoke out about the new rule, as he also told “Fox & Friends” on Thursday that the Flores settlement loophole is a “main magnet” that attracts migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border.