Border compromise - no wall
I thought I'd throw this out there as a bipartisan compromise.
The problem we have is that we have hundreds of thousands of people arriving at our borders and asking for asylum once they get caught. Once they set foot on US soil they must get due process, which causes huge backlogs and they must be released never to be seen or heard from again. while I'm sure there's genuine people who are genuinely persecuted, most of these claims are bogus and designed to take advantage of the logjam. Also, many get through without getting caught.
One way to resolve this is to prevent them from setting foot on US soil to start with by building a barrier. But that is a nonstarter with Democrats. Democrats insist they care about borders and illegal immigration,but do not want a wall which costs a lot of money, would not be effective and would pose environmental problem. I will go ahead and take them at their word.
Instead of a wall, I would propose that we reform the system that is being taken advantage of. We want to be compassionate, but at the same time we are a country of laws. Thus, asylum claims shall only be processed for people arriving from countries deemed unsafe. All other asylum claimants shall be processed for removal via the expedited removal procedure currently in place for Mexico. Congress shall have the ability to deem a country unsafe through the normal legislative process in one year increments, and the President shall have the ability to make an emergency declaration for 3 months to deal with unforeseen situations. This way we can insure that those who need safe haven get it, and those who are looking to game our immigration system get sent back swiftly.
In addition, significant investments would be made in technology and border patrol agents to ensure most of illegal crossers get caught.
What say ye?