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Rep. Harris Releases Statement on Closing Loopholes in Catch-and-Release Policy

June 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC: On June 18, Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) released the following statement regarding the catch-and-release immigration policy and the holding of individuals seeking asylum in the United States:

“For years, the Obama Administration enforced a ‘catch-and-release’ policy along our borders. Under this catch-and-release policy, if an individual or a group claimed asylum at the border, they were released into the United States and given a date for a future court hearing. This policy resulted in immigrants missing their court dates and the federal government being unable to track individuals who entered the United States. As a result of this failed policy, the federal government now holds these individuals at the border. Unfortunately, our borders lack the infrastructure to support all of the individuals and families seeking asylum in the United States. I am working with my colleagues in Congress to close the loopholes of the catch-and-release policy and to increase the number of family facilities at the border, so immigration officials can keep families together.”