Former Rep. King: Amnesty, Reparations Will Encourage More Illegal Immigration

Former Rep. King: Amnesty, Reparations Will Encourage More Illegal Immigration (Newsmax TV/"American Agenda")

By Solange Reyner | Friday, 07 May 2021 05:57 PM

Former New York Republican congressman Pete King says providing amnesty and reparations to more than 1,000 illegal immigrants deported from the U.S. by the Trump administration is the wrong idea at this time and will encourage more illegal immigration.

The Biden administration is reportedly weighing the proposal as part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued in 2018 over the forced separation of immigrant families trying to enter the U.S.

''I think it's the wrong idea at this time,'' King told Newsmax TV’s ''American Agenda.''
''Listen, at the end of all this when the immigration issue is resolved, they want to put this on the table, it's one thing. Right now, it sends a very, very wrong message, the wrong signal. It's gonna encourage more illegal immigration.

''And this is pretty much what happened during the campaign – President Biden said if he's elected that they're welcome to come to the United States and then since then, on. January 20th when he basically dismantled the Trump plans, we saw this crisis, a real crisis, the largest illegal immigration flow in the last 20-25 years. Maybe the most ever. I don't know. So, I think … it's bad timing. And it's sends the wrong signal.''

King also said there needs to be a border agreement in place that both sides can agree on.

''I think there should be strict border enforcement, which Republicans will support, and hopefully Democrats would also, but there also has to be a sense of humanity here. I have no problem saying if there’s an agreement and there is border security that we do find a pathway at least to naturalization — if not citizenship — for the 11 million that are here, those that stay out of trouble. And I agree, probably 95 percent of them are good people and they’ve made sacrifices to come here. But we can’t do that upfront.

"We have to have an agreement in place and then that would be part two of the agreement. And that’s the part where Republicans are reluctant to come along, just like Democrats are reluctant to come along with strict border security. This has become such a partisan issue that neither side wants to give. I think so long as it’s done in a way that it’s not just a promise that it’s going to happen later on, that it’s actually in black and white … try to take the emotion out of it.''

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in April encountered an average of just under 6,000 people daily, which is in line with the March average of around 5,560 people daily, according to The Washington Post.

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