Senator Lindsey Graham Introduces Legislation Related To Border Security And Immigration

(Seneca, SC)———–Yesterday, U.S. Senator and Seneca native Lindsey Graham held a press conference on Capitol Hill to introduce legislation called the Secure and Protect Act of 2019 in regards to the issues of border security and immigration. 

The legislation contains four provisions, which Graham further elaborated on during his press conference. The first states that asylum applications from residents of the Northern Triangle and contiguous countries would be filed a refugee processing centers – not in the United States. The centers would be established in the Northern Triangle and Mexico. Second, U.S. law would be modified to allow families to be held together up to 100 days in the United States while making their asylum claims – up from the current 20 day limit. 

Third, there would be 500 new immigration judges to reduce the backlog of cases. And fourth, unaccompanied minors from Central America would be treated the same as minors from Canada and Mexico. This allows the United States to return all unaccompanied minors to their country of origin after screening, according to a release from the Senator’s office. 

In regards to the issues of border security and immigration, Senator Graham had a message for President Trump as well as Democrats in Congress. Senator Graham said that if we can find a reasonable solution to the problem and the President says no to more immigration reforms, then Graham said the President will own this problem. Graham says that if Democrats will not talk with Republicans and won’t make a good faith effort, they own the problem. 

Graham said that the American people will put Republicans and Democrats in one big pot in regards to being incapable of solving problems that need to be fixed. Senator Graham also called on President Trump to “lead us to a solution.” Graham also called on the Democrats in Congress to find a solution to this problem “quickly.”