Sen. Mike Lee urges asylum agreement with Mexico as migrant caravan heads for US border

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on Thursday’s episode of “The Glenn Beck Radio Program” to discuss the growing caravan of Central American immigrants who are making their way across Mexico toward the U.S. border.

Lee said the United States should enter into a “safe third country agreement” with Mexico that would require the estimated 7,000 migrants to seek asylum there instead of the United States. Lee and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urging the agreement.

“You said that there is a procedure that you’re pushing for to hold these countries responsible and get them involved in stopping [the caravan.] Can you explain?” Glenn asked Lee.

“Mexico would require people who enter Mexico, let’s say from Honduras or El Salvador or any of these other countries in Central America… with the intent of claiming asylum, they would have to claim asylum in Mexico rather than in the Untied States. Now, this would be similar to an agreement we already have in place with Canada and a rule imposed by the E.U. for refugees arriving in E.U. countries from Syria,” Lee explained.

“In other words, when people are fleeing a country that is dangerous to them … they ought to apply for asylum in the first country reach,” he added.

Watch the video clip above to catch more of the conversation.

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