UPDATED 7:06 AM PT – Monday, July 8, 2019
2020 presidential hopeful John Delaney is hoping to differentiate himself from his Democrat running-mates on immigration.
In an interview Sunday, Delaney said the only way to efficiently stop illegal migration at the southern border was to provide “long term assistance” to the Central American countries where they come from. Delaney also acknowledged there was a crisis at the border, and said the U.S. needs to reform its asylum laws.
“We need more facilities, I mean we have a crisis at the southern border — it’s caused by what’s happening in those countries,” stated the Democrat 2020 contender. “We have to stabilize what’s going on in those countries, we have to make sure we have sufficient capacity at the border to handle these individuals, they have to be kind of treated with a of measure of dignity, we have to make sure children aren’t separated from their parents, and we have to actually apply our laws.”
Delaney went on to say while he disagrees with the left on decriminalizing border crossings, he did not support measures like family separation or extending the maximum time to detain those who cross illegally.