According to acting Department of Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan, 100% of aliens who come with a child are released into the US.
PORTMAN: So, what percent of those families who come up to the border and, again, approach your officer, ask for asylum, are being released into the community within days?
MCALEENAN: 100 percent.
PORTMAN: 100 percent?
MCALEENAN: Yeah, and theyâ€™re not necessarily asking for asylum. Theyâ€“they donâ€™tâ€“they donâ€™t have to. They can go into an immigration proceeding and not have to present that case for potentially years.
PORTMAN: And when they go into the community, you say can take a while. Itâ€™s over two years in Ohio, you should know, before we can have a court hearing. So, itâ€™s over a two-year period. Whatâ€™s the average around the country, do you know?
MCALEENAN: The average is around two years, and in some jurisdictions even longer.
PORTMAN: And during that time period, can those individuals work?
MCALEENAN: Yes, by and large, although weâ€™reâ€“weâ€™re looking atâ€“at tightening theâ€“the rules so that there is not an opportunity to take advantage of the system.
PORTMAN: So, they have a work permit. My understanding is they donâ€™t get the work permit immediately but after a certain period of time. Is it six weeks?
MCALEENAN: Itâ€™s in â€¦ the 30 to 90 days range, thatâ€™s correct.
PORTMAN: And those individuals then â€¦ are going to work. So, if you are a trafficker, what youâ€™re telling people is, one, if you come to the border â€¦ and seek asylum, or even if youâ€™re coming to the border â€¦ and seeking an immigration hearing,Â youâ€™ll be released into the community for a couple of years at least before your hearing, and youâ€™ll have the ability to work. And with the wage differential of, you know, being able to make 10 times as much or sometimes as much as 20 times as much in the United Statesâ€¦
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