UPDATED 9:58 AM PT — Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to push for action on the border crisis.
On Tuesday, McAleenan applauded Mexico’s work to help stop illegal immigration, but said we need more domestic policies to help address the issue at home. He noted 72-percent of all border actions in May were related to unaccompanied minors, and that at least 48,000 families that applied for asylum at the border were fraudulent.
During the hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham said the current efforts to beef up border security are not enough. He said the government must to do more to limit the incentives for migrants to come here illegally.
“All the money in the world is not going to fix this problem in Central America. As long as you can get to the United States and not be sent back, life here is always going to be better than life there. Our goal is to improve life there and give people some hope in their own country.”
— Sen. Lindsey Graham
McAleenan also said Senator Graham’s border proposal could make Homeland Security’s job easier, and cut back on illegal migration. Graham’s plan includes legislation to force migrants to apply for asylum in their home countries, and would extend time to process illegal migrants from 20 days to 100.