Fox & Friends cheers Trump's decision to jail asylum seekers: "It's important to send a message to... Central America: Can't come."

Fox & Friends cheers Trump's decision to jail asylum seekers: "It's important to send a message to... Central America: Can't come."

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From the April 17 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): [Attorney General William Barr] has issued an 11-page decision that reverses a 2005 immigration court ruling that says that if you come into the country and you ask for asylum you are guaranteed a bond hearing and then you are, you know, you are released into the country. What they -- and earlier, if an asylum seeker said I've got a credible fear that if I go home I'm going to be killed or hurt, they could automatically be released. Well the new standard is the Department of Homeland Security will have the discretion of whether or not to let the asylum seekers out of detention but after a 90-day period it sounds like what they will do is they will err on the side of caution and say you know what? We're going to go ahead and hold on to these people. We are not going to catch and release them anymore.

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): Well, it prevents them from working because they'll be detained now. And so it's sending a message to the next wave of migrants, hey if you come here you're not going to be making money so it could be detrimental economically to your family. But DHS now has time because it doesn't go into effect, like you said Steve, for three more months. They have time to get these tent cities set up.

BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): They do, and the other thing, it's important to send a message to these triangle countries in Central America: Can't come. It's not going to be good. It's not going to come in here, you wait a couple of days and then you are in Iowa or New Hampshire. You are going to come here and you are going to be detained. So therefore the message is we got to make the best going through the legal natural process through an embassy in our own country rather than take the risky journey. It's all about sending the right message. The other prong was given to them oddly and I guess for the president's sake, a big relief, they cut a deal with Mexico to say when you come to this country wait in Mexico until we decide how -- if you indeed qualify. A judge says that's not right, and then another judge just decided well, it is okay. We're going to give a [inaudible] order, go back to leaving them in Mexico. So it's a two-pronged approach to try to get control of the border.

DOOCY: Plus, there is even more. The Department of Homeland Security put together an advisory council looking at what is going on in our southern border. The caravan, the asylum seekers, everything else. They were going to come out with their recommendations in May, but because of the crisis they have come out with them as of yesterday, and these are emergency steps for the family surge. And some of their recommendations, and keep in mind these are just recommendations, they are not binding. But they suggest, first of all, try to establish three or four processing centers at our southern border to shelter all the families. That way they can hang on to them. Also, the Flores fix, which would be -- roll back regulations regarding the detention of migrant children. Right now you can only hang on to them for 20 days.

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Previously:

On Fox, former Border Patrol chief says they don't use "cages," just "chain link fence" for "safety and security"

Fox guest urges Trump to pay for border wall by ending "this asylum scam" of people fleeing to the United States

How Fox has been using racist, nativist, and anti-immigrant rhetoric to talk about border issues

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