Immigration and Border Security Legislation
Senate Judiciary Chair Lindsey Graham (R-SC) held a news conference to unveil legislation to address the rising number of immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border. He said the bill would do four things: require asylum requests in country of origin or Mexico; send back unaccompanied minors from Central America; detain families together for 100 days; and hire 500 new immigration judges. During questions from reporters he said Democrats and Republicans must work together to address the issue. He was joined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Chief Operating Officer John Sanders, who reported that border agents have apprehended 520,000 immigrants thus far in the 2019 fiscal year. In the previous seven days, he said they had 4,500 arrests per day. close
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Lindsey Graham U.S. Senator (Class 2) [R] South Carolina
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