Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach called Department of Homeland Security the "biggest impediment" President Trump has faced while trying to implement his immigration agenda in an interview with FOX News' Tucker Carlson on Monday. Kobach offered three things the DHS needs to do to fight back at the border, notably building FEMA camps at key border areas to house immigrants so they are not separated before they see a judge instead of sending them around the country.
"Let's ship the judges in and have the claims processed right there," Kobach said. "As soon as their claim is denied, put them on a passenger plane."
"Word will get out in the villages back home it doesn't work to get in these caravans anymore," he said. "You're not going to be released into the United States."
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: So if you are running DHS tomorrow, what would you do first?
KRIS KOBACH, FMR. KANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE: First 3 things I would do to address this current problem on the border is number 1, we would publish the final version of the regulation that settles the Flores settlement, it supersedes the Flores settlement. Basically, it is how the United States can detain an entire family unit together so you wouldn't have separation of families and detain them as long as necessary. That could be done tomorrow.
Second thing is, I would deploy the thousands of FEMA trailers either to border cities or to military bases in Texas and Arizona and set up processing centers. Instead of turning loose these bogus asylum applicants onto the American streets never to be seen again, let's put them into mobile homes. Let's process their claims. Let's ship the judges in. Have the claims processed right there. As soon as their claim is denied, put them on a passenger plane and fly them right back home. Word will get out in the villages back home it doesn't work to get in these caravans anymore. You're not going to be released into the United States.
The third thing that I would do is publish a regulation that tells Mexico in so many words, no, your illegal aliens in the United States can not send remittances home anymore, you can't wire things through Western Union. You could do that with a Treasury regulation. Tell Mexico, look, that regulation's going to take effect and become final unless you sign a Safe third country like we have with Canada so that any asylum applicant, when they safe country they step foot in, mainly Mexico they have to apply there for asylum. They can't walk all the way through Mexico and then say, 'Oh, we're applying for asylum in the United States.'
I'd do those three things right away, keep building the wall, and then there is about 50 other executive actions.