It appeared President Trump had called the Democrats’ bluffs on the government shutdown by offering to extend DACA protections for three years in exchange for border security funding.
But Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette has found a more bizarre reason to oppose the offer.
The measure going before the Senate includes a provision for everyone under age 18 camping at the border claiming asylum, by having them apply for asylum at special facilities in Central America.
It seems like a much better deal than the alternative many are choosing — crossing the border illegally, only to claim asylum once arrested and awaiting their fates in a jail cell.
The proposed asylum curbs would be “even more inhumane and un-American than Trump’s disastrous zero-tolerance policy” of prosecuting all migrants entering the U.S. without authorization, said Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. DeGette chairs the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee that is investigating Trump’s now abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families.
So that’s DeGette’s answer, keep the government closed, make the youths apply at the border, or illegally cross and await their fate in the very same detention centers she wants to investigate.
DeGette would rather everyone be allowed in the country for merely claiming political asylum, whether they were deserving of it or not.
It’s the very opposite of a secure border.