Senate Dems Join GOP in Bipartisan Effort to Implement Program to Deport Migrants Without Valid Asylum Claims

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When it comes to the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, several Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are joining together to push the president to implement a pilot program, to quickly remove migrants who don’t have a valid asylum claim.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) are joining efforts with Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), among other Republican colleagues, in writing to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, and Attorney General William Barr.

According to Fox News, in the letter, the senator’s are pressing the president to implement the Operation Safe Return pilot program, which would help identify and process migrants and then deport those without valid asylum claims faster. This would allow the DHS to remove migrants who don’t meet the criteria for “credible fear” asylum claims to be deported within 15 days.

“Within approximately 15 days after being encountered, the Department of Homeland Security should remove family units whose negative credible fear determinations are affirmed by the immigration judge,” the senators’ letter says.

The letter reads:

“Through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process. We also expect that Operation Safe Return will help us examine current process deficiencies, identify required increases in capacity, and understand the drivers of migration.”

“This pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum,” Sinema told The Arizona Republic. She added that if a migrant is leaving their country for the reason of not being able to make a living or if “‘it’s hard to take care of my family'” there, then that’s called an “economic migrant.”

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Tom Bodine

Common sense folks.


i see rats on both sides.democrats and rinos .the one from Arizona took over $20,000 in donations from ed buck ,the pervert who murdered gay black men in his basement. lots of luck trusting this bunch. use a lie detector and get rid of them NOW!!!!!

David Gearhart

The democrats have proven that they can not be trusted. Carefully read what ever they are agreeing to.

Walter Swartz
Walter Swartz

New “program” ? ? ? ? I hope it is ONLY on paper and we use the various government employees we are already PAYING for. . . NO NEW GOVERNMENT! And let we the people also make sure this doesn’t lead to “AMNESTY” as most legislation regarding immigration has led to in the past. Enough is enough. Let’s not accept finely crafted wording as if it’s all going to be OK, but rather only accept a simple piece of legislation, designed to rid ourselves of the burden of illegal immigration. Always keep an eye on government. Sleeping can have you… Read more »


Well I’m not surprised in who the Dems are. Sinema from AZ that will be getting pressured from her citizens, Jones that is up for re-election in 2020 and bound to lose (he only won because the GOP were stupid in that race) and Manchin who has to do what he can for balance. Trump is loved in his state. All 3 are still VERY liberal in their ideology. Jones needs to go 2020!

william jackson

Looks like some D-RATs are starting to realize the D-RAT party is going to get smoked in 2020.

Mark Simmons

The U.S. Immigration Court reports that over 90% of asylum claims are frivolous. So, this proposal has great potential. However, I fear that once word gets out I fear a lot of these illegals will simply get coached to say something else.

Michael D. Rininger

Hope President Trump get this proposal going by Monday at the earliest





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