Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, appearing on Lou Dobbs Tonight on the Fox Business Network Tuesday, proposed a three-step plan for how to deal with immigrants coming to the U.S. southern border, including using questionable language that suggested migrants should be confined within “camps.”
The focus of the conversation between Kobach and Dobbs was how to react to news that more migrant caravans were on their way to America, according to reporting from Mediaite, consisting of asylum-seekers who were trying to find refuge in our nation from their desperate living conditions.
Rather than expressing sympathy for the migrants, Kobach promoted a three-step “solution” on how to ensure less migration toward the U.S. in the future.
The first step, Kobach suggested, should be to end the Flores Settlement to discourage immigrants from coming to the U.S. “That should be done immediately, then that will stop the caravans from using children as get out of jail free cards,” Kobach suggested.
Here's Kris Kobach proposing putting asylum seekers in "processing towns that are confined" …. a "camp" pic.twitter.com/uyRQr8DRMv
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The Flores Settlement was a 1997 policy that put into place rules for how long and under what conditions children of immigrants can be detained, according to the National Immigration Forum. Some have suggested that separating children of immigrants was required under this rule, and was why President Donald Trump and his administration carried out the policy.
However, previous administrations found ways to respect these children’s rights without separating them from their parents in most cases (and without being unable to reunite thousands of families after separating them, as the Trump administration has reportedly done, per reporting from HuffPost).
Removal of the Flores Settlement, Kobach is suggesting here, would allow the U.S. to “detain families together,” in a sense allowing the federal government to not have to respect the rights of these children.
The second step in the plan touted by Kobach could be equally as troubling: the former state secretary of state wants to put immigrants into “camps” — using the word himself specifically in the description of what he wants to see happen.
We should “deploy immediately dozens of immigration judges, as well as a fleet of passenger planes, and the thousands of empty mobile home trailers that the United States owns right now,” Kobach suggested.
Those trailers should be used to “create processing towns that are confined,” he added. “And so when someone comes in and falsely claims asylum, we don’t release them for six months onto the streets of the United States.”
Such camps, it goes without saying, do not have a history of producing positive outcomes in our nation — yet Dobbs seemed highly receptive to the idea.
The third step of the plan would be to put a regulation in place to prevent “remittances” from people who try to enter the country but cannot prove they belong in the U.S. legally, Kobach said.
“If you did those three things then we’d solve the problem, Lou,” Kobach concluded. He added that a border wall should also be constructed alongside his plan.
It’s possible that Kobach’s rhetoric is meant to be an audition of sorts to have a role within the Trump administration. As the Washington Examiner reported earlier this week, Kobach’s name is being floated as a possibility to become an “immigration czar” within the White House.