US asylum policies need to be changed to combat illegal immigration: Border & Commerce Security Council president
Democrats are fighting back against the Defense Department’s plan to shift up to a billion dollars in military funds to pay for 57 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it “unbelievably irresponsible.” This comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection says America has hit a breaking point at the border after the Border Patrol “recorded more than 3,700 apprehensions along the Southwest Border [Monday]—the largest single day total in more than a decade.”
In an interview on “Making Money with Charles Payne” Border and Commerce Security Council president Nelson Balido said Congress and the media have been ignoring the illegal immigration issue for too long.
“People aren’t looking at the numbers, they’re not reporting the numbers and Congress hasn’t really cared…you just gotta look at the numbers,” he said on Wednesday. Balido added that the large influx of people at the border is made up of migrants who are looking to seek asylum in the United States.
“Three thousand people were claiming asylum in March of 2018. When we were talking in November 2018, it was thirty thousand and now it’s one hundred thousand.”
As of July 2018, “there were over 733,000 pending immigration cases and the average wait time for an immigration hearing was 721 days,” according to the National Immigration Forum and TRAC Immigration. While Balido feels a border wall is necessary to combat illegal immigration, he said asylum reform is an important first step to solving the issue.