Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, spoke Tuesday on the Senate floor about the humanitarian crisis on the southern border and outlined steps that can be taken to address the situation.
“We cannot sit back and let this situation grow worse, as it does day by day,” said Coats. “We must find a way to solve this humanitarian crisis and stem the flow of unaccompanied minors entering our country. For the sake of the rule of law, our national security and the safety of these children, it is imperative that we get this right.”
In his remarks, Coats called for enforcement of existing law to stop the influx of illegal immigration.
“This means returning those who have already come,” said Coats. “We need to make it clear and unequivocal that the law requires they be returned as quickly and expeditiously as possible. This will show the children yet to attempt the trip, and their families, that the dangers of the journey are not worth it because you will be returned home.”
The senator said that a key part of this effort must be a viable repatriation plan with a streamlined processing system.
“The administration must deliver a clear message, and its actions must match its words—our laws require that these children will be sent back,” added Coats.