House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is torching congressional Democrats for their alleged “disgraceful” inaction to solve the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The total number of border apprehensions took a dive in the month of June, dropping 28 percent from the month prior, the Department of Homeland Security revealed. However, the over 104,000 apprehensions in May continues a fourth-month streak of over 100,000 apprehensions at the southern border, per month.
Although border law enforcement saw the decline, officials are still calling on Congress’ continued effort to address the situation, as IJR Red reported.
Scalise expressed an urgent request to his Democratic congressional colleagues to help “fix our broken asylum laws.” He slammed Democrats for “wasting time advocating for open borders” while the president and Republican lawmakers focus on “real solutions.”
“Disgraceful,” he labeled the contrast.
The Republican lawmaker said during Thursday’s Fox Business interview that even though the U.S.-Mexico border saw apprehensions decrease, it’s still “too high of a number.”
“It’s the broken asylum laws, which are a magnet. … Many of them, by the way, have turned down asylum in Mexico. So how can you have a credible claim for asylum when you turned it down from another country you came through? […] They get a certificate, literally to be here at least five years before a court date. And what the secretary told me is over 75 percent of those people don’t show up for the court date five years later. This is a broken system that needs to be fixed.”
Watch Scalise’s interview below:
We MUST FIX our broken asylum laws to solve the humanitarian & security crisis at our border. But Democrats are wasting time advocating for open borders—which will make the situation even worse—instead of working with @realDonaldTrump & Republicans on real solutions. Disgraceful! pic.twitter.com/LOr03fo7K6
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 11, 2019
In the first half of the fiscal year 2019, more migrants were apprehended than in the entirety of the fiscal year 2018 — on track to more than double the number by the end of the current fiscal year, as IJR Red previously pointed out.
The staggering numbers have overwhelmed border law enforcement as agents are feeling “exhausted.”
“If there’s going to be a front-page headline about what’s happening on the border as it pertains to Border Patrol agents, it should be, ‘Exhausted,’” National Border Patrol Council’s El Paso chapter second vice president Wesley Farris said. “That’s what we are — exhausted — in every avenue. Exhausted mentally. Exhausted physically.”
Previously, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered a solution to the border situation, as he proposed new asylum laws, some which include extending the detention period for families, having asylum claims made in the migrants’ home country, and adding 500 more judges, as IJR Red reported.