Buttressing The Border – On Both Sides



A possible choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security outlined several ideas this week to repair America’s collapsing southern border. Without trying to handicap the politics of the DHS selection process, some of Kris Kobach’s policy proposals are worth serious consideration on their merits.

Revise Flores. With an interpretation and order from one U.S. district judge, the Flores settlement prohibits DHS from keeping illegally arriving “family units” in custody for more than 20 days. Kobach proposes publishing a regulation to “supersede” Judge Dolly Gee’s action. Under this “final version” of Flores, “the U.S. could detain an entire family unit together so you wouldn’t have separation of families and [could]detain them as long as necessary. That could be done tomorrow,” he says. 

Contain the problem. Instead of releasing asylum-seeking migrants into the nation’s heartland with flimsy orders to appear in court at some future date, Kobach says, “I would deploy the thousands of FEMA trailers either to border cities or to military bases in Texas and Arizona and set up processing centers.”

“Let’s put them into mobile homes. Let’s process their claims. Let’s ship the judges in. Have the claims processed right there. As soon as their claim is denied, put them on a passenger plane and fly them right back home. Word will get out in the villages back home it doesn’t work to get in these caravans anymore.”

Safe Third Country. Kobach wants the U.S. to require Mexico “to sign a Safe Third Country [agreement]like we have with Canada so asylum applicants can’t walk all the way through Mexico and then say, ‘Oh, we’re applying for asylum in the United States.’” 

The former Kansas secretary of state is on solid ground here as a matter of international law. If you’re really fleeing for your life you seek protection in the first safe country, not the fifth. (Canada, meantime, is expected to enact legislation making it harder for asylum seekers rejected by other countries, including the U.S., to file refugee claims.)

The Mexican government’s continued resistance to a safe-country agreement would be better directed toward securing its own southern border where daily waves of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador stream across with little or no pushback.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

6 Comments

  1. avatar

    I think all of these ideas are good except these DNC garbage should not be given up pass they have broken the law we need to fix our immigration without making a deal with these people they need to face prison time if there’s no punishment there will not stop this from happening again when you are guilty of a crime you pay if you don’t it just feels their heads more that they are immune to prosecution this country deserves better our president deserves better than American citizens deserve better

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    Enough is Enough

    There’s plenty of dam_ing information on the FISA Dossier from the Genesis of the Mueller Investigation to arrange a plea deal with DNC corruption….we get our chain migration ended and the WALL or they face prison time.

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    Naturally the open border people will complain about “the expense”, but they don’t have a problem with the trillions we have spent to have troops all over the world. The founding fathers, who were ever skeptical about foreign entanglements, would be scratching their heads over not protecting our own border and yet have seemingly unlimited money for foreign wars. Every dollar spent at the border will pay itself back 50 times over with not having to pay a lifetime of welfare and medical costs for these families.

  4. avatar
    Yazmin Linares on

    Just build the God damn Wall already jeeezzuus our HOMELESSNESS is a national crisis not these ILLEGALS

  5. avatar
    Nihad Mohamed on

    All asylum cases would be handled by UN refugee agencies.
    They are professional in dealing with refugees.
    Nearest country they escape to.
    Not going 2000 miles .
    It seems a conspiracy to suckUSA dollars
    Lawyers make $ 17,000 + $5,000 ( !!?? They say bribe ) after getting SS# ,WORKING PERMIT , PUBLIC SERVICES

  6. avatar
    Nihad Mohamed on

    All asylum cases would be handled by UN refugee agencies.
    They are professional in dealing with refugees.
    Nearest country they escape to.
    Not going 2000 miles .
    It seems a conspiracy to suckUSA dollars
    Lawyers make $ 17,000 + $5,000 ( !!?? They say bribe ) after getting SS# ,WORKING PERMIT , PUBLIC SERVICES