Mazie Hirono on Immigration
Democratic challenger; Representative (HI-2)
"These individuals are there because they have broken a law. There has to be a process," Albence replied.
"They have broken a law but only as deemed so by the president with his--," Hirono started to rebut.
"No ma'am. They are there for violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Nationality Act, U.S.C. 1325," Albence interjected. "That's illegal entry; it is both a criminal and civil violation. They are in those FRCs [Family Residential Centers] pending the outcome of that civil immigration process."
"My understanding is that under zero-tolerance, these are no longer civil proceedings, but in fact were criminal proceedings," Hirono said. "I'm confused," Hirono replied after a moment's hesitation.
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