In an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he was sick of the endless debate about what should be done about our worsening border crisis. He said that lawmakers had been elected to solve problems, not talk past each other indefinitely while illegal immigration runs amok.
As such, he told Bartiromo that he was working up legislation, in conjunction with the White House, that would eliminate the major obstacles preventing the administration from gaining control over the border.
“The president has correctly identified the crisis at the border. Now it’s time to have a legislative solution. You need to change our laws for this to stop,” Graham said. “So I will be introducing a package, and, hopefully with Democratic support, that will change our asylum laws.
“Ninety percent of the people who apply for asylum never make it, so the standard needs to change,” he continued. “We have a court decision called the Flores decision that says you can only hold a minor child 20 days.”
Graham said the Flores decision was only one problem with the detention laws governing asylum-seekers. He pointed out that the law currently prohibits the federal government from sending minors back to Central America because it only allows them to be sent to contiguous countries.
“So the only place we can send a child back to is Mexico and Canada,” he said. “We need to be sending these kids back to Central America, where they come from. So I’m going to put a legislative package together right after the break. We’re going to mark it up in the Judiciary Committee and we’re going to get on with solving this problem.”
Graham said he was 100% in agreement with the president about the need for tougher border security measures. However, he said that until Congress fixes the laws governing asylum, even a mighty wall would not completely fix the problem.
“We need troops at the border. We need a wall,” he said. “But there’s no way you’re going to stop the flow from Central America until you change our laws. And these laws are insane. We need to change them.”