Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives from Texas sent a letter to the Biden administration this past week warning about the crisis with unaccompanied children.
“What we need is to have a plan in place that doesn’t incentivize people to make this very dangerous trip through Mexico, being held hostage by these cartels,” said Rep. Gonzalez on CNN on Sunday.
“We do need to have an orderly process for migrants who actually qualify for asylum to hopefully ask for asylum in their home country or a neighboring country, or maybe build a center in southern Mexico where they could be processed there,” continued Gonzalez.
Gonzalez made the case that the United States should focus on helping migrants at the source of the problem. “Help them in Guatemala, help them in southern Mexico, process them. And if they qualify for asylum, put them on a plane and fly them in.”
But Gonzalez warned that over 80 percent of migrants crossing never qualify for asylum. “My heart goes out to the migrants that obviously they’re coming for a better life and they’re trying to improve their conditions. But the coming across the Rio Grande River and being processed and released into our communities cannot be the norm. Our cities and our counties on the border don’t have the resources to deal with this. And it’s the federal government’s responsibility. It puts a lot of pressure on our local governments and our local communities.”
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