The illegal immigration crisis at America’s southern border is unprecedented. A surge of migrants is entering the United States seeking asylum, encouraged by America’s “catch-and-release” policies. Border apprehension rates are 330 percent higher than in 2018, and a staggering 915 percent higher than in 2017.
Despite this crisis, Congress has delayed taking action. On Thursday, a $4.6 billion package was signed that will finally provide much needed resources to those who are responding to this emergency.
In an op-ed published in The Daily Signal, Jessica Anderson, vice president of the independent advocacy organization Heritage Action for America, said Congress needs to take three steps to address this situation:
- Give our law enforcement and judicial systems the funding and tools they need to do their job, process asylum-seekers and migrants, and secure the border.
- Reform our “catch-and-release” asylum process, which is the root cause of this wave of mass migration.
- Fund border security.
“Those on the left may not like it, but we have to control our border and enforce our laws,” said Anderson. “Our current crisis has made that abundantly clear.”
Read Anderson’s full op-ed in The Daily Signal.
Listen to a conversation with Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, on how they want to tackle the border crisis.
Is the $4.6 billion border package sufficient to address the border emergency for the time being?