Rep. Cummings: 'They Should Be Allowed to Come In, Seek Asylum. That's the Law'

By Susan Jones | November 26, 2018 | 5:24am EST
Illegal aliens in Tijuana, Mexico try to storm a border barrier to get into the United States after U.S. Customs and Border Protection closed the San Ysidro port of entry. (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC)

( - Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the incoming head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said members of the "caravan" should not be forced to wait in Mexico until they have an immigration hearing in U.S. courts.

"No, no. Because that's not the law," Cummings told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "They should be allowed to come in, seek asylum, that's the law."

Host Chuck Todd asked Cummings if he would support changing the law:

"No, no," Cummings said. "I think that we have a system that has worked for a long time. This president has come in, wants to change it, that's up to him. But now the Congress has got to stand up, and hopefully they will."

Todd asked Cummings, "Do you think what (President Trump's) doing is constitutional?

"I don't know," Cummings replied. "We'll see. I don't think so. But we'll see."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials temporarily suspended all northbound and southbound crossings for both pedestrians and vehicles at the San Ysidro port of entry on Sunday morning as hundreds of illegal aliens tried to force their way into the U.S.

The rushing of the U.S. border was captured on videotape.

"Some attempted to illegally enter the U.S. through both the northbound and southbound vehicles lanes at the port of entry itself. Those persons were stopped and turned back to Mexico," CBP reported.

The border crossing reopened four to five hours later on Sunday.

And Border Patrol agents fired several rounds of tear gas after some foreigners tried to break through fencing elsewhere along the border. Some of them threw rocks at CBP personnel, press reports said.

President Trump tweeted about the border disorder several times over the holiday weekend:

Migrants at the Southern Border will not be allowed into the United States until their claims are individually approved in court. We only will allow those who come into our Country legally. Other than that our very strong policy is Catch and Detain. No “Releasing” into the U.S...

....All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!

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