Right-wing dotards like Ben Shapiro have been so desperate to tow the anti-immigrant like in spite of public horror at the Trump administration’s atrocious family separation policy that they’ve been misleading the public about how asylum works in practice.
Boiled down, the misleading claim they spread is basically: “If you don’t want to be separated from your children, don’t come to the U.S. illegally.” That’s disgusting at face value, but they claim that only asylum seekers coming illegally are being separated from their families. The implication is that the U.S. welcomes asylum-seeekers with open arms if they go about it in the right way. That’s flat-out false:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are systematically violating U.S. and international law by blocking immigrants at international ports of entry on the southern border from entering the country so they can claim asylum. Immigration civil rights advocates have been documenting this illegal behavior since late 2016, from Texas to California. It was sporadic then, and appears to have been based at least in part on CBP’s difficulties with handling large numbers of people.
But even if asylum-seekers do enter the country illegally, sometimes they have good reason to do so. The approved ports have extreme wait times and a severe shortage of staff. For people in life-or-death situations, that’s not acceptable.