Congressman’s plan comes as Republicans claim a rule proposed by the Biden administration would increase more migrants at the border
A Texas Democrat is proposing that immigrants trying to enter the US from Mexico be placed in “humanitarian centers” instead of facilities operated by federal immigration officials.
Veronica Escobar, the US representative for the El Paso region, described the traditional federal approach to dealing with asylum seekers as “expensive and ineffective”.
His bill in Congress suggests that migrants be assigned to facilities operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement and staffed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) – rather than to sites operated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (CIS) ICE), the report said.
According to the news outlet, Escobar said, “For decades, our country’s response to increased migration has relied on the militarization of border communities like El Paso, rather than addressing the root causes and improving legal systems and regulations.”
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“This is unacceptable and must be changed,” she continued. “This law is a component of what we need as a nation to have a functioning immigration system, effective management and security along the southern border without sacrificing our humanity and a multi-pronged approach.”
The proposed humanitarian centers will offer legal services and other resources as well as referrals for medical examinations, interpreters and community programs. as per border report.
Escobar’s full bill can be read by clicking here.
Congress’ plan comes as Republicans in both the House and Senate are criticizing a proposed rule by the Biden administration that they claim will lead to more migrant growth at the US-Mexico border.
NS proposed rule The border will allow CIS officials to decide asylum claims, bypassing immigration courts within the Justice Department.
In a public comment on the proposal, nearly 70 congressional Republicans objected to the plan, claiming it was an unconstitutional attempt to circumvent asylum rules passed by Congress.
“The proposed rule represents a clear violation of laws passed by Congress,” wrote the Republican, led by Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Representative Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. “It disregards the mandatory detention requirements of aliens claiming asylum through mass parole, violates the principles of separation of powers and inappropriately shifts the roles of asylum screeners and immigration courts.”
Granthshala News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this story.