Texas lawyer calls for more 'humane' border policy

June 29, 2022 6:02 am

[Source: BBC News]

American officials have a tough job when it comes to policing the border, says a lawyer who previously served as San Antonio’s top prosecutor.

This case looks “very similar” to a previous incident in which a driver was convicted after 10 migrants were found dead in his truck, says John Bash.

But he admits such penalties are not always a successful deterrent because smugglers know they are unlikely to be caught.

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It would be possible to check more vehicles on the US border, Bash says, but this would harm commerce – so policymakers have to find a “balance”.

Bash thinks the answer is a “more humane effective” approach to border security, which he describes as under-resourced.