UPDATED 7:02 AM PT – Monday, April 15, 2019
Members of the Trump administration said they are looking at all options to solve the border crisis as Democrats refuse to address the issue.
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway called on Congress to stop obstructing and work with the administration to help reform immigration laws. Conway maintained that increasing scrutiny over immigration laws will allow Homeland Security to focus on legitimate asylum claims.
“So, many of the liberals want the illegal migrants to remain in America. Why not remain in Mexico while you’re claims of asylum are being processed? This is something that our secretaries, our cabinet and the President brokered with Mexico. It’s safe passage for those families and unaccompanied minors to remain in Mexico while their claims of asylum are being processed.”
— Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President
After President Trump suggested sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that option still remains on the table.
“If Democrats continue to be unwilling to do that than we’re going to look at all of our options and we don’t won’t to put all of the burden on one or two border communities,” she explained. “Democrats have stated time and time again, they support open borders, they support sanctuary cities, so let’s spread out some of that burden and let’s put in some of those other locations, if that’s what they want to see happen, and are refusing to actually help fix the problem.”
Their call for for bipartisanship comes as border cities are feeling the pressure. Officials in Las Cruces, New Mexico reported Border Patrol agents dropped off more than 170 migrants at a local homeless shelter citing immigration capacity issues.
“We’ve been in contact with federal immigration authorities, and they’re telling us that this influx could continue for a while, and so we’re just preparing ourselves,” stated Udel Vigil, Las Cruces spokesperson.
With no word on when the drop-offs will stop, those in Las Cruces are keeping potential future migrants in mind and are hoping for a resolution.