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Border Security Experts, Officials Say Legal Issues Must Be Repaired

Border Security Experts, Officials Say Legal Issues Must Be Repaired
Border wall prototypes are seen at the US/Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico on Jan. 22, 2018. (Guillermo Arias/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 February 2018 11:51 AM

Officials in the Donald Trump administration and border security experts said that legal issues regarding border security are as important as building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Examiner reported.

Department of Homeland Security officials at the Border Security Expo said that deterring illegal immigrants should include reforming the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, changing standards for granting asylum, disallowing sanctuary cities, and requiring local law enforcement to cooperate with immigration officials' detainer requests, the Examiner reported.

The Border Security Expo ran from Wednesday to Friday in Austin, Texas and involved panels and speeches from senior DHS officials and companies demonstrating new technology.

Ambiguities in immigration law must be changed, said Customs and Border Protection deputy commissioner Ronald Vitiello.

"What we're seeing in the populations is if you come as a family unit or an unaccompanied minor, the way the policy loopholes and the legal framework is set up (is so) that we turn these folks over to ICE and in the case of unaccompanied minors, through to HHS (Health and Human Services). They're eventually released into our communities, so that encourages others to come," Vitiello said in the Examiner.

Revising policy so that unaccompanied minors and family units from noncontiguous countries are removed immediately when they get picked up or surrender to agents will help remove the lure for immigrants to cross the border, Vitiello said at the Expo, the Examiner reported Friday.

More manpower to police the border is also a vital issue, Val Verde County Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez said at an Expo panel, The Texas Observer reported.

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Officials in the Donald Trump administration and border security experts said that legal issues regarding border security are as important as building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Examiner reported.
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