Hassan set to make trip to border with Mexico

US Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, is heading to the US-Mexico border next week ahead of what is expected to be a record-breaking surge of migrant crossings.At the peak of the 2019 migrant crisis at the border with Mexico, 8,000 people were being apprehended by law enforcement every day. Officials said that record could be broken this spring.In an interview for “CloseUP” that will air Sunday, Hassan said she will be in Texas and Arizona next week to make sure border agents are ready.”I’m headed to the border for my third trip next week to really get that firsthand look that you get from Customs and Border Protection and really make sure that we’re doing what we can,” she said. “I’m going to be looking at vehicle and cargo inspection and also looking at the spaces between ports of entry.”Hassan is joining other Senate Democrats in warning President Joe Biden against ending a Trump-era immigration rule that allows for the rapid deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers.”What I think is really important here is we need to be pushing the administration more to really listen to the front-line personnel and make sure that we have in place the technology, the barriers, the personnel, to really deal with what we are going to see surging at the border, especially if they go ahead, against the recommendation of many of us, and remove the Title 42 authority,” Hassan said.The White House reportedly could make that Title 42 change by the end of May, which could rapidly increase the number of migrants being held in US custody on the border.”First and foremost, we need to have secure, orderly and humane borders, right?” Hassan said. “And we have a process in place for determining who has a legitimate claim for asylum, for instance, and who doesn’t.”

US Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, is heading to the US-Mexico border next week ahead of what is expected to be a record-breaking surge of migrant crossings.

At the peak of the 2019 migrant crisis at the border with Mexico, 8,000 people were being apprehended by law enforcement every day. Officials said that record could be broken this spring.

In an interview for “CloseUP” that will air Sunday, Hassan said she will be in Texas and Arizona next week to make sure border agents are ready.

“I’m headed to the border for my third trip next week to really get that firsthand look that you get from Customs and Border Protection and really make sure that we’re doing what we can,” she said. “I’m going to be looking at vehicle and cargo inspection and also looking at the spaces between ports of entry.”

Hassan is joining other Senate Democrats in warning President Joe Biden against ending a Trump-era immigration rule that allows for the rapid deportation of migrants and asylum-seekers.

“What I think is really important here is we need to be pushing the administration more to really listen to the front-line personnel and make sure that we have in place the technology, the barriers, the personnel, to really deal with what we are going to see surging at the border, especially if they go ahead, against the recommendation of many of us, and remove the Title 42 authority,” Hassan said.

The White House reportedly could make that Title 42 change by the end of May, which could rapidly increase the number of migrants being held in US custody on the border.

“First and foremost, we need to have secure, orderly and humane borders, right?” Hassan said. “And we have a process in place for determining who has a legitimate claim for asylum, for instance, and who doesn’t.”

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