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'It's Legal to Seek Asylum!': CNN Guests Tear into Trump Supporter for Defending Attacks on Immigration

June 26, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

The panel discussed Michael Grimm's recent comments lavishing praise on the immigration detention centers.

CNN contributor David Urban got an earful Tuesday as he tried to defend conservative congressional candidate from New York Michael Grimm's recent comments about immigrants detained by the Trump administration.

In an interview with CNN, Grimm lavished praise on the detention centers that immigrants are held in and said that we should be more critical of the parents who make the journey to seek asylum in the United States than we are of American immigration policy.

Urban, a defender of President Donald Trump, backed up Grimm's attacks on the asylum seekers: “They're safe when they cross into Mexico. Why are they coming to the United States?”

As guest Kirsten Powers explained, they have every right to come to the United States under by national and international law that protects asylum seekers.

“It's legal to seek asylum!” she said.

Urban argued that many of them still cross the border at unauthorized points of entry, but this claim leaves out the well-documented fact that border guards have been turning immigrants away from ports of entry — effectively forcing asylum seekers to take other steps to enter the country.

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