By John McClaughry
During May a record 144,000 people crossed into the United States along the southern border, seeking asylum in our country. Not surprisingly, this flood of mostly families swamped the modest facilities the Customs and Border Protection Agency has along that border. The result is shockingly crowded conditions for people who entered the United States illegally and want to stay here.
The Democrats are making as much political hay as possible, sponsoring demonstrations across the country to demand the closing of the facilities. And what? Let the illegal entrants disappear into the United States for months or years, until their case comes up before an asylum law judge? At least half the time, historically, persons so summoned for an asylum adjudication can’t be found or have no interest in showing up.
Here’s my solution: Release every immigrant family into the custody of one of the Americans who are protesting the conditions at the border facilities. That American will take responsibility for and assist the families and post a $10,000 bond that the family will actually show up when summoned to the immigration court. If the family doesn’t show, the bond is forfeited. If the family does show, the host American can pocket $10,000 dollars for providing assistance to the immigrants in the interim, and can do it again for another family.
John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.