Mitt Romney Discusses ‘Dramatic Shift’ Fueling Immigration Crisis
Mitt Romney Discusses ‘Dramatic Shift’ Fueling Immigration Crisis Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and explained how the changing nature of immigration has fueled the recent border crisis. In the last few weeks there’s been a dramatic change, and that is we’re seeing unaccompanied young people as well as families with lots of kids pouring into the border, and they say the magic words, ‘I’m seeking asylum.’ The former presidential nominee said that the U.S. doesn’t have enough space to house the vast number of family units and children filling up detention facilities, resulting in many of them simply being released into the interior of the country. many of the foreign nationals seeking to enter the country illegal today are families and children from Central America. The situation has overwhelmed detention centers. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed in March that it was forced to release over 100,000 migrant family members in the prior three months — a total that averages to over 1,000 illegal migrants a day. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent a letter to Congress, asking lawmakers to pass a series of measures that would help her department better combat the crisis. Her requests include reforms to how officials manage unaccompanied alien children and changes to the U.S. asylum process.