The big immigration news this week is a proposed shift in the way the White House plans on addressing border security. White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has a plan for merit-based immigration reform and border security improvements that have some conservatives thrilled while others are seeing it as a compromise that won’t fix the problems.
But the biggest problem with illegal immigration facing America today has to do with our asylum laws. They’re broken. They weren’t designed to accommodate the sheer mass of people who are crossing the border illegally every day. In many ways, these laws have created a self-perpetuating problem. As long as it’s so easy for these laws to allow migrants to be released to the interior and have a chance at staying in America indefinitely – whether legally or illegally – the flooding of our southern border will continue. The bigger it is, the bigger it will get.
Steve Hilton had a nice panel on this weekend to discuss common-sense solutions to the border crisis. But it was the reminder by Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe gave that made the most sense. All of these ideas are great, but the most straightforward solution is staring right at us. If we take away the incentive to try to enter and remain in America, fewer will make the long and dangerous journey.
Building the wall, adding border patrol agents, and increased resources are all great and necessary steps, but plugging the asylum system loopholes would have the most instant and lasting effect on reducing illegal immigration.