[Ed. – Basically, it’s a “stop the bleeding” measure, and that’s fine. Right now, the alternative proposition is “being extorted,” which is unacceptable.]
[C]ould Ted Cruz’s “emergency legislation,” introduced today, have a chance to succeed? Here are the key provisions:
Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.
Cruz’s bill enjoys the considerable virtue of focus. By banning family separation, it deals with the immediate crisis.