1. Appeal the Flores Settlement Agreement to the Supreme Court

The Flores Settlement Agreement prevents Trump from detaining children apprehended while making an illegal crossing into the United States for more than 20 days, and because all Hell broke loose when he separated children from their parents, entire families now have to be released.

It will never be possible to secure the border so long as aliens who have a child with them when they are apprehended after making an illegal crossing have to be permitted to continue their journey to the interior of the United States.

2. Process persecution claims outside of the U.S.

President Barack Obama established the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program to provide in-country refugee processing by USCIS for qualified children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Trump could establish an expanded version of that program with UNHCR which would process persecution claims from Northern Triangle asylum-seekers at safe locations outside of the United States.

3. Eliminate the exploitation magnet

Employment is a magnet that draws migrants to the United States from economically disadvantaged countries. Congress tried to eliminate this magnet by establishing sanctions for hiring aliens who are not authorized to work here in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. It has not been possible to implement the program effectively.

Another, similar magnet might be easier to eliminate. Unscrupulous employers are drawn to undocumented immigrant workers because they can be exploited easily.

The Department of Labor (DOL) sanctions employers for exploiting employees without regard to their immigration status. For instance, DOL enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires a minimum wage and overtime pay.

With additional funding, DOL could mount a large-scale, nationwide campaign to stop the exploitation of employees in industries known to hire large numbers of undocumented immigrants.

Taken from my op-ed: Trump has better options to stop dangerous flood of asylum-seeking migrants.

Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.