The Trump administration is facing mounting pressure from fellow Republicans and other allies to end the practice of separating children from parents caught illegally crossing the border, as backlash over the enforcement policy quickly escalates into a political crisis. Some GOP lawmakers want the administration to stop the policy on its own, while Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and others are proposing emergency legislation. Meanwhile, GOP governors are pulling their state's National Guard troops from the border in protest.
John Sandweg, who previously served as the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and as the Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to share his insight on immigration policy.
On the separation of immigration parents and children: So, the kids go into custody of health and human services where their put into secure foster homes or put with family members who serve as their guardians. The parents meanwhile go on a relatively expedited track where they could be deported quite quickly and what could end up happening and what I've seen happen is that the parent gets sent home to Central America quite quickly meanwhile the kid is still in the United States going through the legal system and it gets really hard for the parent down in Central America to know what is going on up here, much less figure out a way to appear in court in the United States to regain custody of their child. (1:16)
On what Congress can do to help: Hire a lot more immigration judges. Fund the immigration courts. Look nobody here is getting a free pass. Everybody that comes up into the United States is getting apprehended. They're going through background checks and then they get a hearing to present their claim to a judge about why they are eligible for asylum. Only 20% of these people are every getting asylum in the U.S. (4:05)
On the partisanship of immigration: There is no other law enforcement agency that is as politicized as ICE or frankly no other law enforcement area that is as politicized as immigration. And the frustrating part is you could put me in a room with the most hawkish immigration enforcement guy and within an hour we would agree on a bill that would work. (7:42)