Democratic legislators are using the border wall negotiations to reopen the catch-and-release loopholes which have been narrowed by President Donald Trump’s appointees.
A top Democratic target is the package of asylum reforms set by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those reforms ended President Barack Obama’s policy of offering asylum and citizenship to Central Americans who claimed they were being persecuted by criminals or abused by spouses.
“The Republicans, as you know, took it out,” Democratic Rep. David told the News & Observer. Price continued: “It’s now back in, and I hope it stays in. It should stay in. There’s almost unanimous agreement on our side and some Republican agreement.”
If the Democrats get their way, they will revive Obama’s incentives for many migrants to demand access to the United States via the U.S. legal system, so bypassing the border wall.
White House officials are warning against a deal which ignores Trump’s priorities, including a border wall. “We’re on the verge of a government shutdown again,” said spokesman Hogan Gidley. “Democrats won’t come to the table and have a conversation about securing the country,” he told reporters on Friday.