Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) reached a conclusion on illegal immigration that many in his party cannot accept, and he called them out for it. The U.S. simply cannot take in every asylum seeker who wants to come here.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “All In” on Wednesday, Murphy confessed that “there are many in my party who don’t want to admit it.” These Democrats believe in uncontrolled migration and turn a blind eye to the chaos it causes for border states and beyond.
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Murphy, however, recognized the need for limits to the number of people who are granted asylum. He also called for an orderly process that focuses on applications being filed before the migrants leave their home countries.
He added that the country must “frankly, turn those who don’t go through the process back around.” This, he said, is a difficult thing to do because many arrive in “desperate straits,” but it is still necessary.
Murphy endorsed more manpower in the asylum process so there’s an appropriate number of people to handle claims as they pour in. There are also, he said, some people who are not able to apply for asylum in the U.S. from their home countries.
The Connecticut senator recently returned from a trip to the Mexican border as part of a congressional delegation endorsing immigration reform. Murphy told reporters after his excursion that immigration is seen as a political weapon in Washington, but his goal was to find “common ground.”
The Democrat noted the record 2.4 million migrants apprehended at the southern border in the last fiscal year — a new record. Surprisingly, at least for his party, he admitted that the crisis is virtually unmanageable and that the impact stretches far beyond border states.
Murphy pointed out that “Connecticut is not a border state, but there is no doubt that a lack of order at the border affects us in Connecticut.” He called migrants making their way to his northeastern home a good thing but said that social services are stretched thin by large and unplanned groups.
The bipartisan border delegation included Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (IN-AZ), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
The border crisis is being felt all across the country, and in this instance the Democratic senator was right. The U.S. — or any other nation — simply cannot accept every asylum seeker who wants to enter the country. It is logistically impossible, and control of the Mexican border must be restored.