Republicans propose law that would give immigrants an incentive to show up for their court hearings
Sen. James Inhofe said he will introduce legislation aimed at preventing illegal immigrants who make it over the U.S. border from disappearing into the country due to overcrowded detention centers.The open borders crowd does not like these ideas, but that is no reason not to do them. It is a better way of controlling the borders and the immigration process than the catch and release operations currently used.
Inhofe said U.S. detention facilities release thousands of illegal immigrants into the United States with a court date with an immigration judge, and they almost never return to attend.
“What they should do is send them back to the country they came from until their court date,” the Oklahoma Republican told the Washington Examiner. “But as it is now, they just give them a court date and they turn them over to church groups and others and they just disappear and they end up in our society.”
A second bill Inhofe said he plans to introduce would place limits on where illegal immigrants can go if they are released from a detention center, which he said would increase the court appearances.
Last year, a former Miami immigration judge, Mark H. Metcalf, authored a report claiming nearly 1 million illegal immigrants may not have followed final deportation orders and may be in the United States. The report, authored for the low-immigration advocacy group Center for Immigration Studies, said the immigration courts face a significant backlog.
Metcalf said 46,000 illegal immigrants fail to show up for court cases each year and are presumably living illegally in the United States.