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On May 8, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, held a hearing on the crisis at our southern border.

As of the end of March, 361,087 migrants had been apprehended making illegal crossings in fiscal 2019. Apprehensions reached an average of 3,000 a day in March.

In his opening statement, Cornyn expressed concern over the fact that the government is not able to prevent these illegal entries.

Apparently, the Democrats do not share that concern.

When they declared that they want “smart, effective border security,” they said their proposal, “Addresses the only real crisis at the border – which is not a border security crisis but a humanitarian one – by improving CBP’s capacity to appropriately meet the needs of migrants who are temporarily in their custody.”

Accordingly, when the subcommittee’s Ranking Member, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), gave his opening statement, he shifted attention to the way the Trump administration is treating the migrants.

President Donald Trump separated children from their parents. He no longer does this.

Trump cut off aid to the Northern Triangle countries; while some claimed this only made things worse there, that would be true only if the aid was doing what it was supposed to — and a report from the Congressional Research Service indicates that probably wasn’t the case.

Trump terminated the Central American Minors [CAM] program. I agree that he should have kept this program. In fact, I have recommendedworking with UNHCR on an expanded version, but it should be part of a program to prevent illegal entries.

Trump set the lowest refugee admissions target America has ever had.

Previous administrations didn’t accept many refugees from the Northern Triangle either. In fiscal 2015, President Barack Obama only accepted 2,300 refugees from all of Latin America; 4,300 in fiscal 2014; and 4,400 in fiscal 2013. We now have nearly that many crossing illegally each day.

Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...order-security

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.