Lawmaker says nearly 95% of migrants crossing illegally do not qualify for asylum

(Video: Fox News)

U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales contends that instead of transporting illegal migrants to another ICE facility (or simply releasing them into the interior of the country,) they could be put on planes and returned to their home countries.

“Those are essentially flights where folks that do not qualify for asylum, which are about 95 percent of the migrants coming over…it’s the only way this goes away,” Gonzales, a Texas Republican, told “Sunday Night in America” host Trey Gowdy about the ongoing border crisis in a conversation on the Fox News Channel in the video clip embedded above.

Gonzales, a 20-year military vet who represents a border district in the San Antonio and El Paso area, added that he made this recommendation for Del Rio, Texas-originating repatriation flights to Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas during a recent sit-down.

The first-term congressman seems to be implying that illegal aliens claiming that they are fleeing violence or political persecution are actually economic migrants possibly gaming the system or being encouraged to game the system by activist groups.

During his conversation with Gowdy, Gonzales pointed out that nothing has changed with the Biden administration’s border policies even after about 50 migrants were found “cooked to death” in the back of a trailer in San Antonio.

Given the open-borders, deportation-averse, catch-and release Biden agenda, Gonzales seems to be recognizing that legislators have to step up to solve the ongoing crisis.

“We can’t wait for the administration to fix our problems; Congress is an equal body of government, and we got to roll up our sleeves,” especially if the GOP takes control after the November elections, he said.

“We need new leadership in the House; Kevin McCarthy has made two trips to my district. He knows the border extremely well, and I look forward to him being the next Speaker of the House as we roll out this commitment to America,” Gonzales claimed.

Gowdy then played ironic soundbites from Democrat Mayors Eric Adams and Muriel Bowser of New York City and Washington, D.C., respectively, lamenting the influx of illegal aliens to their cities, thereby stretching municipal social services to a breaking point.

“Of course, we see these Democrat mayors and other folks complain about it because it’s pure chaos. What you’re seeing is that the Democrats control the House, they control the Senate, and they control the White House, and they’ve created this problem…”

Gonzales expressed some optimism, however, that a bipartisan coalition — excluding recalcitrant Speaker Pelosi and radicals like U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — could put politics aside and address the border crisis. “But you know better than anyone else how difficult it is to work in that [bipartisan] lane,” he told Gowdy.

“I gave up,” ex-Congressman Gowdy admitted.

Gowdy then asked the lawmaker what is the GOP plan for immigration enforcement if they indeed win a House majority in the November elections. Gonzales’ response amounted to stay tuned.

“I think it starts with us earning the trust of Americans…Hispanic Americans are coming over in droves to the Republican Party, and I think that we have an opportunity to change the scope of the party and politics not for just this year, but for decades to come,” he said.

Gonzales noted that the historic special-election victory of Mayra Flores in a traditionally blue House district in the Rio Grande Valley area is just the beginning and that many more pro-border enforcement candidates are on the ballot this fall.

“Then, once again, when we, the Republicans, have the majority in the House, we have to deliver. It’s about governing, and I think a big part of that is this commitment to America that you’re gonna see Kevin McCarthy roll out here soon, and all of us are going to get behind it. That’s a good start. We have to start delivering for all Americans,” Gonzales concluded.

Referencing the massive numbers of people being human trafficked across the border, along with the huge amount of deadly illegal drugs coming in, Gowdy began the segment by noting that “you can say a lot of things about the state of our southern border, but literally no one thinks it’s currently safe or secure except the guy in charge of making it so.”

Gonzales agreed: “It’s the furthest thing from secure…there’s certainly nobody in my district that thinks it’s secure.”

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