Last week, Trump announced that he would begin the process of deporting migrants who were not approved for asylum and stayed in the country illegally. The idea of mass deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) didn’t sit well for many Democrats.
By Saturday, Trump announced that he would delay deportations for two weeks to allow Democrats a chance to propose legislation to reform the asylum practices in the United States and increase funding to the border.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
Trump admitted that he was not optimistic about the chances that Democrats would actually come to the table with a proposal, but it seems as though they were busy over the weekend coming up with a plan.
I want to give the Democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes. This will fix the Southern Border, together with the help that Mexico is now giving us. Probably won’t happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big Deportation begins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2019
Late Sunday evening, Pelosi announced that she would allow a vote to increase humanitarian aid to the border in order to provide care for the more than 1 million migrants expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border this financial year.
“This week, the House will advance strong border legislation, which protects vulnerable children and keeps America safe as it honors our values,” Pelosi wrote in a statement. “Congress continues to insist that families belong together and for immigrant communities to know their rights.”
The speaker also took a jab at Trump, placing blame on his administration for the massive influx of migrants to the southern border.
The President’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where vulnerable children endure inhumane conditions that threaten their health, well-being and sometimes, tragically, their lives. This legislation provides urgently-needed humanitarian assistance for families, including funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical care and legal assistance, and will relieve the horrific situation of over-crowding and help prevent additional deaths. And we are providing urgent assistance to local communities to help defray their costs of providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers.
Pelosi noted that her legislation “does not fund the Administration’s failed mass detention policy.”
Whether or not that will stop the deportations remains to be seen. Trump made it clear that his motivation to delay the deportations was to get Congress to pass new asylum laws, which Pelosi’s proposed legislation doesn’t do.
As IJR previously reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has legislation to reform the asylum process in the United States, though both sides seem to want to see comprehensive immigration reform rather than patchwork funding and asylum tweaks.