Newell: The truth about the zero-tolerance border policy

Newell Normand
June 22, 2018 - 11:05 am

There has been a ton of outrage over illegal immigration in recent days.  So let’s talk about the TRUTH when it comes to illegal border crossings and this zero tolerance policy. 


Here are some of Newell Normand’s HOT TAKES:

  • Fact of the matter is that it’s illegal to cross the border. When they checked out of their hotels and decided not to go to a port of entry, they crossed the border with their child into the United States.  And they were arrested.
  • When we arrest and book an adult, we don’t bring their kids with them.  The adult has violated the law, and we’re not holding the child responsible for that.  To address that situation, the adult goes to one place; and the child goes to another. 
  • That’s what happens with the criminal justice.  Parents are separated from their children every day when they commit crimes.  In my 40 years of law enforcement, I’ve seen the kids crying on their doorsteps when we’re taking their parents to jail for breaking the law.
  • Even if these families hadn’t been taken into custody near the border, we ultimately would’ve come in to contact with them eventually; and they would have been arrested and put into deportation proceedings, just at a later date.  That’s the risk they take when they come into the country illegally.
  • This is the first time I’m seeing advocates for immigration talk about violators of the law being brave people.  I can’t square that up. 
  • The law is clear.  How could the President say “we’re not going to enforce that law” no matter what the downstream consequences are?  My understanding is that the President probably doesn’t have that discretion.  And if he does, why are we even passing these laws in the first place? 

Listen to Newell’s whole conversation with Matt O’Brien, the Director of Research for FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) below.

Where's the truth in zero-tolerance border policy debate?

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