Cuellar: Biden’s immigrant parole program working to decrease migration
Bogan: last night the DHS put out new preliminary data for January that says immigration is down 97% compared to December. And they said the reason for that is the immigrant parole program that was announced on January 5 by President Biden, do you agree that the immigrant parole cram program could be lowering immigration?
Cuellar: Well, I think what we need to do is to push the concept of, if you want to come and ask for asylum, you do it in an orderly process, which are the ports of entry. And if you come in between ports of entry, you will be returned with those type of consequences. I think that this will help us bring down the numbers itself down. We saw that first with Venezuelan so if you recall, at the very beginning that I got expanded, I told the secretary I think we need to apply those consequences to everybody, you know, every country but a lot of it depends on what the Mexicans their capacity to hold people over there.
Bogan: So just so I clearly understand, would you say yes or no, it did help you think it okay.
Bogan: And then the second question is today, 77, congressional Democrats sent a letter to President Biden saying they’re concerned that that immigrant parole program and some of his other proposals actually breaks asylum law, I noticed that your name was not on that letter.
Cuellar: It won’t be on that letter. Look, I want to have people have the opportunity to apply for asylum, except they should do it and they already process ports of entries. Or, you know, do the application the DHS app, one CBP, app one, but do it through an orderly process. So if they’re able to do it through an orderly process, instead of in between ports, then the relief is still given. I mean, nowhere in international law, or asylum, our own asylum law doesn’t say that. You have to do it in between ports of entry. So all we’re saying and I agree with the President, the Secretary, if you want to ask for asylum, if you want to ask for your relief, do in an orderly process.