2020 Democratic candidate Kirsten Gillibrand claims that illegal immigrants crowding the southern border “don’t need to be incarcerated” in detention centers and should instead “go into the community.”
The New York Democratic rep. appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday and she was answering questions about border security and the influx of illegal migrants crossing into the United States from Mexico.
“I wouldn’t incarcerate them at all,” Gillibrand said. ” … As president of the United States, I wouldn’t use the detention system at all.”
The congresswoman received a question on how she would address the current border crisis where “hundreds of thousands of people are crossing the border” and “need to go somewhere before their asylum claims are actually heard.”
The congresswoman stated that we should just trust anyone seeking asylum to follow the rules: “They don’t need to be incarcerated. If they’re given a lawyer and given a process, they will follow it. They can go into the community in the way we fused to handle these cases under DOJ.”
Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan – now acting Department Homeland Security director, stated that the southern border is currently at a “breaking point,” according to the El Paso Times. April marked the second consecutive month during which monthly apprehension numbers at the border surpassed 100,000.
Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen described “child recycling rings” that use the same children to move illegal immigrants across the border as fake families.
Yet, Gillibrand claims she would “actually fund the border security measures that are anti-terrorism, anti-human trafficking, anti-drug trafficking and anti-gun trafficking. And I would de-fund these for-profit prison systems that are harming children and harming families who are seeking are asylum.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers have been so overcrowded with illegal immigrants that they recently released 100,000 migrants onto the streets.