U.S. Senator Katie Britt said she’s “proud” to cosponsor the PRINTS Act, directed at stopping cartels from using children to abuse the asylum process.
The Preventing the Recycling of Immigrants is Necessary for Trafficking Suspension (PRINTS) Act is a law put forward by U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) which gives U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) the authority to fingerprint non-citizens under age 14.
It would also require the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to publicly report the number of apprehensions in a given month involving child traffickers who falsely claimed that an accompanying child was a relative and submit an annual report to Congress identifying the number of minors who were fingerprinted pursuant to this Act.
Britt (R-Montgomery) discussed the need for the legislation Monday on Fox Business’ “Kudlow.”
“[O]ne thing to think about on asylum as well is how many children are being abused under the Biden administration’s asylum process,” Britt said. “We saw back in 2019, and we’ve seen obviously the Biden administration just continue to weaken the standards there at the border, but we saw child after child after child, they saw 600 children that have been re-trafficked across the border because that helps them claim asylum, it helps them get in here.”
The senator wants to stop children from being the main victims of the border crisis being made worse by President Joe Biden.
“One in three victims of trafficking are children,” she added. “That is who are the victims of this process. So strengthening that asylum standard, closing that loophole, Marsha Blackburn is leading the effort on the PRINTS Act, which I’m proud to be a cosponsor of, these are things that we can’t just think about doing, we must do.”
Britt said she’s encouraged that some Democratic lawmakers are open to strengthen border security.
“Well we have to do something and so I’m glad to hear that some Democrats are waking up to that reality,” she said. “When you look at the border, we have 8,000 people on average a day coming across our border. We’ve seen at Eagle Pass…them actually having to shut down legal entries,” Sen. Britt said.
“At the one entry point alone average about $34 billion worth of trade activity. So everyday we could be losing about $100 million just by shutting that down, so I guess that is the newest Bidenomics. What we need Democrats to realize is we have to have strength, we actually have to secure our border.”