House Democrats are busy working on a bill that will address the urgent needs of migrants crossing at the United States-Mexico border, according to a report from Al Jazeera. Dems believe the Trump administration promotes hostile immigration policies that do more harm than good, and hope to introduce legislation that proves they can effectively manage the nation’s immigration system.
The legislation is reportedly still being written, but “politicians, aides and lobbyists” described key elements to Al Jazeera:
[The legislation is] expected to increase federal resources at border entry points for processing refugees, counseling children and treating people needing medical care. It would create centers in Central America where asylum applications could be processed and provide aid to reduce poverty and violence in the region so fewer people would flee.
Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is working on the measure along with House Committee on the Judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and other Democratic party leaders, Al Jazeera reports. “You don’t just wait for people to show up at the border,” Lofgren told the outlet. “It’s the worst way to deal with it.” Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) adds that the Trump administration has exacerbated the situation at the border. “This is a manufactured crisis,” Gallego said.
Democrats don’t believe Trump is interested in solving the problems faced at the border. Instead, they say he seeks to “rile up his conservative voters as his 2020 re-election campaign gets under way,” according to Al Jazeera. “He’s shown that over and over, he’s just anti-immigrant. And this is a campaign talking point for him,” said Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.).