After last week’s release of thousands of detained family units onto the streets by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez is looking to engage U.S. Customs and Border Protection in finding solutions.
“I think there are better ways to deal with that problem. I think we, the United States of America, have resources to deal with it in a different way. I think there are detention centers around the state that could absorb that capacity of folks.”
The release of thousands of undocumented immigrants comes after the Department of Homeland Security reporting their facilities were over capacity. Leaving local officals, law enforcement, and volunteers to deal with the problem.
“I certainly hope that this is not a continued narrative the opposition to his national emergency to try and fund the wall, I think we need to take politics out of it.” says the congressman.
Gonzalez met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan in hopes of finding solutions on a local level. “I would like him to come down. I would like him to sit down with our federal judges, with our federal prosecutors here in our border region and hear and learn what’s actually happening here on the ground.”
Gonzalez adds the demographics of border crossings has drastically changed and 75 percent of crossings are now asylum seekers. “If you want to impact those types of crossings the only way to do that is through policy changes.”
Representative Gonzalez adding he hopes Congress will soon address immigration reform policy.