Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz) said Friday that the current U.S. asylum system is a "prototype" for catch-and-release policies and President Trump is right to take action to change it. 

Trump announced Thursday that, in response to what he called the "crisis at our southern border" and a surge of fraudulent asylum claims, his administration would require asylum-seekers to "lawfully present themselves" at a port of entry.

Trump's statement -- which came just days before the midterm elections -- appeared to be in response to a caravan of thousands of migrants headed toward the U.S. border.

Trump said he would issue a "comprehensive" executive order next week on immigration-related matters, including his asylum plan.


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In response, a dozen asylum-seekers traveling by foot from Honduras to the U.S. filed a class-action lawsuit against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and others, claiming a violation of their due process under the Fifth Amendment.

Biggs said on "America's Newsroom" he expects an "avalanche" of lawsuits, particularly in the liberal 9th Circuit in San Francisco, which will claim anyone who steps foot in the U.S. has the rights of a citizen. 

"I don't ascribe to that," Biggs said, adding that the asylum process is what leads to migrants being given a court date that they rarely show up to. 

"They come in, they claim asylum and they're released all over the country."

Watch the full interview above.


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