UPDATED 10:34 AM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham recently unveiled his plan to combat the influx of migrants at the southern border. He presented the Secure and Protect Act of 2019 Wednesday, explaining how his initiative would stop Central American migrants from claiming asylum at the Mexico border.
Graham noted that there has been a 64-percent increase in detaining family units at the border, and said his plan would increase the number of days to process a family unit from 20 to 100. His proposal also requested an additional 500 new immigration judges be hired to clear the backlog of asylum cases.
The South Carolina senator also called on his colleagues across the aisle to acknowledge they were wrong on the issue:
“To my Democratic colleagues: your credibility on this issue is pretty low right now. You need to understand that you were wrong. This was a real problem. To the president: you need to do more than talk about fixing it. You need to fix it.”
Graham also said asylum applications from residents of the Northern Triangle would be filed at refugee processing centers and not in the U.S.