Bush: Congress Has 'Failed to Act' on Border Crisis
'You’re not going to solve this if there is politics'
Former President George W. Bush said the current crisis at the Southern Border is because Congress "has failed to act," claiming the system is "broken."
The former president discussed current immigration policy while discussing his new book, "Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants" with Fox News.
"You’re not going to solve this if there is politics," Bush told Fox News.
"If you think about where we are right now, you’ve got people on one side of the aisle blaming the former president, and people on the other side of the aisle blaming the current president."
"And, the truth of the matter is, the system is broken because Congress has failed to act."
The former president added that the "people who are guilty, really guilty, are the people who exploit human misery, and charge money to desperate people, and bring them to the border with no plan to get them into the country."
"I’m sure they’re telling them falsehoods – ‘follow me, I’ll get you in’ – and these poor people have no way of checking that out and are finding themselves stuck at the border," Bush said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported it had encountered 178,000 migrants in April 2021.
The number is a 900% increase compared to last year.
"What you’re seeing is a border that reflects a broken system, and there needs to be changes," he continued.
"There need to be changes in work visas, so people don’t have to sneak in to do work that needs to be done in America; there need to be changes in the asylum system to be able to adjudicate cases quickly."
"And what people have got to understand is that a broken system makes it harder to enforce the border.
"A reformed system will make it easier to enforce the border, and so that is what has to happen."
"I don’t think Congress is going to be able to get it all done with one comprehensive bill. I think there needs to be a piecemeal approach so that people can gain confidence in the ability to work with the other side," Bush explained.
Bush then touted the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Biden recently restored.
"I think if you were to say to the American people, ‘Do you think it is good policy to educate a child in the United States, whose parents brought that child here outside the law, find that child and send them back to a country where they have no home?’ Most Americans would say, that doesn’t make any sense," Bush said.
"If they were to fix DACA, which is limited in number, then all of a sudden, people can say, wow, we can work together and get something done," he said.
"You come here to Texas, people are looking for workers," Bush said.
"And I think that can be fixed. And the same for high-skilled workers."
On Wednesday, Neon Nettle reported that over 61,000 illegal immigrants had been released into the United States since Biden took office.
The federal immigration agencies discharged tens of thousands of migrants into the country throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The figures come despite Biden's claims that most migrant families are not being taken into custody.
61,312 illegal immigrants were allowed to walk out of their stations in February, March, and April.