CNN’s Fareed Zakaria is siding with President Donald Trump regarding the crisis facing the U.S.’s asylum system, which he said is being “gamed” by many asylum seekers.
“It pains me to say this, but he is right, that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system,” Zakaria said of Trump on his show Sunday.
“A much larger fix is needed,” Zakaria argued. “The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened.”
It is a surprising admission by Zakaria, whose network has been heavily critical of Trump and his administration’s handling of the migrant crisis at the southern border.
Democrats have assailed the administration over conditions at border facilities housing tens of thousands of Central American migrants. But as Zakaria notes, the system has been taxed by a skyrocketing number of asylum applications. He said that 162,000 asylum claims were submitted in 2018, more than 240 percent more than in 2014.