Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema alongside Senator Joe Manchin (D) and Senator Doug Jones (D) have joined Republicans to support a pilot program that would quickly deport migrants at the border that do not have valid asylum claims.
The move comes at a time when Democrats and Republicans are at war concerning illegal immigration.
The three Democrats directed a letter to President Trump urging him to implement Operation Safe Return, which would quickly identify, process and return family units that do not have valid asylum claims in the United States.
Introduced by Republican Senator Ron Johnson, he’s explained that more than a million people have sought asylum in the last five years.
However, Johnson informs that “about 15% have a valid asylum claim.”
In the letter, the lawmakers detailed that “through this program, we expect that we can meet our commitments to humanitarian protections while ensuring proper efficiency, timeliness, order, and fairness in the credible fear screening process.”
In addition, the lawmakers expressed that they “expect that Operation Safe Return will help us examine current process deficiencies, identify required increases in capacity, and understand the drivers of migration.”
Moreover, the program would call for Border Patrol to conduct interviews with migrants within the span of three days of having been encountered between ports of entry, they would be processed and they would also be given a medical examination within three days.
Speaking to the Arizona Republic, Senator Sinema commented that “this pilot program would apply to families who aren’t claiming ‘credible fear,’ which of course is the first threshold in seeking asylum.” As well, Sineam shared that “if someone says ‘I left my country because I can’t make a living,’ (or) ‘it’s hard to take care of my family’ – that’s what we call an economic migrant.”
Ultimately, Johnson assures that “the goal of our policies should be to reduce the overwhelming flow of illegal migration and convert it to a controllable number of legal migrants. Hopefully, Operation Safe Return will convince Central Americans, that on a bipartisan basis, America will do everything we can to prevent human traffickers from exploiting our laws and abusing immigrants seeking a better life.”