Friday, July 19, 2019

New border plan: Migrants get 15 days to prove asylum claim — or LEAVE

Frustrated with the nonstop surge of illegal immigrants pouring over the U.S.-Mexico border, a new and bipartisan solution has emerged to give migrant families 15 days to prove they deserve asylum or be sent home.
Called “Operation Safe Return” and proposed by the influential Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, it would provide migrants with legal and medical attention, translators, and multiple hearings with officials to prove they had “credible fear” of returning home, the key to winning asylum.
But if they are denied credible fear by a judge the migrants would be sent home.
The program, which immigrants would enroll in, would not require any new laws or rules and would allow for a shift of funds to impacted areas on the border. Those with convictions or other legal troubles would not be eligible for Operation Safe Return.
“Aren’t you sick of this,” said the author of the plan, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate panel, at a Wednesday immigration roundtable. “Let’s start to do something.”
A goal of the program would be to speed up asylum considerations and limit the freeing of illegal immigrants who are not eligible for asylum. A committee official said, “It’s important to address the current incentives to make the treacherous journey and come here that are resulting in an overwhelmed system.”
Johnson sent his proposal (shown below) to the White House, Justice Department, and Homeland Security Department Thursday morning.
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