Conservative commentary writer says wall will not solve asylum issue at border

Eddie Scarry, a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner, told Hill.TV on Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE's proposed border will not fix the asylum issue at the border, citing logistics with the Rio Grande River. 

"The most important thing I saw was that no wall is going to fix the asylum issues," Scarry told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." 

"That is very important in that area because they can't build a border wall on the Rio," he continued. "They just can't build a wall in the actual river." 

"People are just floating across, it's 50 feet of water," he said. "Float across, find an agent, and say, 'I'm seeking asylum.' They're instantly granted legal protection." 

Lawmakers announced on Monday that they had come to an agreement "in principle" that contains some funding for barriers along the U.S. southern border in an effort to avoid another government shutdown. 

President Trump has demanded $5.7 billion in funding for his proposed border wall, which he insists will reduce crime from immigrants in the U.S. 

The president told supporters at a rally in El Paso, Texas, late Monday that he would build the wall anyway. 

— Julia Manchester