Trump admin push to stop illegal immigration hampered by district judges, despite surge: US attorney

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Julia Musto
Fox News

Who is to blame for the record-breaking number of migrants apprehended at the southern border?

U.S. Attorney for the Western Texas District, John Bash, said district judges ruling against fixing a “broken asylum system” are a major part of the problem.

In an interview with “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, Bash — who is the U.S. Attorney with the largest stretch of the southern border at approximately some 660 miles — gave President Trump credit for trying to discourage illegal immigration, before taking aim at judges for hampering efforts.

“I think the administration has tried all sorts of steps to stop that incentive to come here illegally. The problem is in a lot of those cases a single district judge sitting somewhere outside of the border area has enjoined an initiative nationwide,” Bash said.

“That means other judges don’t get to weigh in on that initiative and that means it’s stopped in its tracks. For example, the President said ‘If you cross illegally you can’t apply for asylum. You have to go to the ports and apply.’ A single judge put that on hold.”

Bash told Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith that right now only 13 percent of people making an asylum claim win that claim.

“Most of these people, at the end of the day, are not people with valid asylum claims, nor are they criminals. They’re economic migrants searching for better opportunities in the United States. And that’s admirable, but they can’t do it illegally,” he said.

In May, illegal migrant apprehension numbers topped over 100,000 people along the border for the second month in a row. The question posed to the Trump administration now is how to stop the crisis.

It comes after a recent overhaul of leadership in the Department of Homeland Security and reports that former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a top immigration official had challenged a previously secret White House plan to arrest thousands of migrant parents and children in nearly a dozen U.S. cities.

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