Congress Should Act on the Border

The National Review Editorial Board writes that “most critics don’t grapple with the fact that the Administration literally doesn’t have the option of holding parents and kids together for more than a few weeks, which isn’t long enough to resolve an asylum claim. Congress needs to address all this.”

The way forward is clear. “The only way that the ongoing influx at the border will stop is if migrants realize that they won’t make it into the United States. Congress has it within its power to make it possible to hold families together and — if they don’t have legitimate asylum claims — swiftly return them home together. It should act, and act quickly.”

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In the Washington Examiner, Anna Giaritelli reports that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday that 301 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border with an accompanying adult from October 2017 to April 2018 were found to have no relation to the adult who posed as their parent or guardian.”

“The Obama administration prosecuted approximately half a million adults for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between Fiscal year 2010 and Fiscal year 2016,” Saagar Enjeti reports in The Daily Caller. “The DHS data further shows that the Obama administration referred on average 1 out of 5 adults apprehended at the border for criminal prosecution.”

In The Daily Signal, Fred Lucas breaks down a new Trump Administration policy that “will expand health care coverage for 4 million Americans” in the coming years. “Further, under ‘association health plans,’ premiums are estimated to decrease between $1,900 and $4,100 per year,” Lucas reports from a senior Labor Department official.

“Since his election, President Trump has been an unwavering defender of religious liberty,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes in Fox News. “Under President Trump’s strong leadership, this Department of Justice is ensuring that people of faith can . . . have a fair shot at finding space in every town and every city in America.”

“Small-business owners and their employees often struggle to find affordable health-care options. A major reason is that ObamaCare, among other laws, makes coverage more expensive for small businesses than large companies. That’s why the Trump administration is expanding access to association health plans, or AHPs, beginning Tuesday,” Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta writes in The Wall Street Journal.

In The Hill, Joe Patton writes that “free trade only works when fair trade is enforced. For lumber, a level playing field has helped this industry begin to reach its full potential, so we can hire more workers, and help build more American homes with American lumber.” Patton explains that he’s spent four decades in the wood products industry, having “witnessed firsthand the damage Canada’s unfair trading practices have had on lumbers mills in the United States.”