During a recent interview, former Democrat Senator Joe Lieberman admitted that current asylum laws are out of hand, and called for a bipartisan effort to overhaul them.
“Everybody ought to sit down together and say, ‘We’ve got a problem, solve it,’ instead of hurling political bolts at each other,” said Lieberman, who noted that the current situation at the US-Mexico border is out of control.
Lieberman pointed out that he “wouldn’t want to shut the border” entirely, adding, “We’ve got to change the rules” for asylum.
With the crisis at the southern border worsening by the day, a growing number of Democrats are beginning to acknowledge its severity, as law enforcement officials and citizens continue to demand action from the government.
The pressure at the nation’s southern border has overwhelmed current asylum laws and it is time for lawmakers on both sides to get together and change them, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Monday.
“The asylum system is fundamental to American values,” Lieberman, a one-time vice-presidential candidate, told Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.” “People come here with a credible fear of prosecution . . . people are coming for different reasons. Everybody ought to sit down together and say we’ve got a problem, solve it, instead of hurling political bolts at each other.”
But Lieberman said he does support allowing asylum to people who have a credible fear of persecution or loss of freedom in their homelands, but the situation at the border is beyond that point.
“We don’t want to just shut [the border],” Lieberman said “I wouldn’t want to shut it. We’ve got to change the rules.”
Lieberman on Monday also said it was a “very good move” for President Donald Trump to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, as “they deserve it.”
“They are a terrorist organization,” Lieberman said. “They have the blood of hundreds of Americans, more than 600 Americans that they, through the people they trained, killed in Iraq and a lot of others at other terrorist places. This is part of the maximum pressure against Iran following the president’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement that is working.”