Lieberman: Outdated Asylum Laws Must Be Reformed

The pressure at the nation’s southern border has overwhelmed current asylum laws and it is time for lawmakers on both sides to get together and change them, former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Monday.

“The asylum system is fundamental to American values,” Lieberman, a one-time vice-presidential candidate, told Fox Business’ “Mornings With Maria.” “People come here with a credible fear of prosecution . . . people are coming for different reasons. Everybody ought to sit down together and say we’ve got a problem, solve it, instead of hurling political bolts at each other.”

But Lieberman said he does support allowing asylum to people who have a credible fear of persecution or loss of freedom in their homelands, but the situation at the border is beyond that point.

“We don’t want to just shut [the border],” Lieberman said “I wouldn’t want to shut it. We’ve got to change the rules.”

Lieberman on Monday also said it was a “very good move” for President Donald Trump to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization, as “they deserve it.”

“They are a terrorist organization,” Lieberman said. “They have the blood of hundreds of Americans, more than 600 Americans that they, through the people they trained, killed in Iraq and a lot of others at other terrorist places. This is part of the maximum pressure against Iran following the president’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement that is working.”

In addition, the Iranian government is hurting, the former senator said.

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