“Create processing towns that are confined, and so when someone comes in and falsely claims asylum, we don’t release them for six months onto the streets of the United States,” Mr Kobach, who is President Trump’s top choice for immigration tsar, said on Tuesday.
“We process them right there, in that camp, where they have the three square meals, they’re living in a nice mobile home, and then as soon as they’re done, as soon as the claim is rejected, they’re on the next plane back home,” he added in his proposal where asylum seekers are concentrated — or interned — at camps.
Lou Dobbs, the host of the self-titled news programme, praised Mr Kobach’s internment camp suggestion for asylum seekers. He chimed in saying that a camp detaining asylum seekers would “bring all of that unused government property to use, effectively and at very little cost, if not no cost, in fact, to the Department of Homeland Security”.
Mr Kobach is known for his draconian views and policy proposals on immigration. He has been a vocal supporter of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy towards undocumented migrants and their children, and have repeatedly called for the implementation of a Muslim registry.
From 2011 to 2019, Mr Kobach served as the secretary of state for Kansas. Last year, he ran an unsuccessful bid for governor against Democrat Laura Kelly. While running for governor, Mr Kobach was accused of accepting campaign donations from white supremacist groups.
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