(NewsNation) — Will a bipartisan congressional immigration deal be enough to deal with the situation at the US border?
Ronald Vitello, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, spoke with NewsNation about the challenges facing those responsible for border security.
“We need to have an immigration framework, we need to have border facilities that augment what Border Patrol is already doing,” Vitello said.
Congress is currently trying to broker an agreement as the Title 42 immigration restrictions are about to end. Title 42 allowed border patrol agents to turn people away at the border, even if they were seeking asylum, due to COVID-19 concerns.
Vitello also said that the threshold for asylum is so low that many immigrants who come to the United States qualify under the current definition.
“The problem is that there is no detention for the people,” he said. “There are no repatriation agreements for many of these countries.”
Watch the full interview in the player above.