Sen. Lindsey Graham Is Proposing A New Bill To Hold Minors In Asylum For 100 Days And Twitter Slapped Him With The Best Hashtag
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has introduced legislation aimed at changing the asylum seeking process. Specifically, Sen. Graham’s new bill would target Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border to legally seek asylum. Many of the Central American migrants are fleeing deadly discrimination, sexual exploitation, and rampant gang violence. Sen. Graham’s bill seeks to make asylum a harder and lengthier process.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is setting his sights on Central American migrants with his newly proposed legislation.
Sen. Graham’s bill would single out Central American migrants who are arriving at the border in the four following ways:
- The bill would end the practice of asylum seekers applying for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. Instead, migrants must apply for asylum in their home countries and wait for approval before traveling to the U.S.
- His bill allows for unaccompanied minors to be sent back to their home countries. Reportedly, the unaccompanied minors would be treated like minors from Mexico and Canada.
- Graham’s bill will allow for children to be jailed in immigration detention centers for 100 days. Currently, children can only be held for 20 days before being released to relatives they have in the U.S.
- There is also a portion of the bill calling for 500 more immigration judges to be hired across the country.
Sen. Graham addressed reporters when he unveiled his legislation.
Graham still believes that a wall is needed on the southern border and his bill is meant to work with the wall.
“We need the wall,” Graham told reporters, according to Reuters. “A wall will not fix this.” He added: “You need to deal with the magnets and loopholes in the law that entice people to come who want to get caught.”
According to Graham, he believes that security along the border must be increased to avoid people crossing illegally. He claims that his bill would help end the humanitarian crisis at the border.
There is already growing opposition to the proposed bill.
“Under our laws, if you come as a family unit and you come with a minor child, we can only hold the family for 20 days because we don’t want to separate the family,” Graham told reporters. “ We release the entire family after 20 days. So word is out on the street in Central America that if you bring a minor child with you, your chance of being deported is almost zero, and your hearing date is years away, and we release you inside the country.”
The announcement was met with #LindseyGrahamResign tweets.
Graham is up for re-election in 2020. Constituents in South Carolina are letting the senator know how they feel about the proposed legislation. The call for resignation over the new immigration bill is a growing movement following elected officials like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for Graham’s resignation.
Fellow elected officials have been calling on Graham to resign after he told Donald Trump Jr. to ignore a subpoena.
Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intel Committee to testify about the president’s involvement with Russia during the campaign. Since the Mueller investigation ended, elected officials are calling for a public release that the Trump administration keeps blocking. Many speculate that Trump is fearful of what is in the Mueller report.