Fox contributor calls for changes to asylum system that would violate international law
Morgan Ortagus: "We need to change these asylum laws," so that migrants "apply for asylum in the nearest US embassy or US consulate" instead of coming to the US
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From the January 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): All right, with another migrant caravan forming in Honduras, you just heard the president, what will happen to the $5.8 or the billions of dollars the U.S. pledged to the development of Central America? Should the president pull funding or threaten to?
KILMEADE: Morgan, first off, what's the president to do now? We know it's forming, we know we don't want them, we know that's not the way to come here, how do we stop this pattern?
MORGAN ORTAGUS (FOX CONTRIBUTOR): So I think that there's a number of short-term and long-term things that the president can do. First off, what's something that they could immediately work on the Congress with? We need to change these asylum laws. Now, because the president put pressure on Mexico, we did see that asylum seekers have to apply for asylum in Mexico. You can take that even a step further and actually require for people in these northern triangle countries, which are Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, to apply for asylum in the nearest U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate. So that would actually have them stay in the country instead of embarking on this very dangerous caravan. We also have a public perception issue. You know, the problem is with little information in these countries there is this perception that when you go on the caravan you get into the United States. And it seems like you're with a bunch of people. So there's -- there's a public perception that this is successful. That's why people keep doing it.