Tim Ryan: Migrants trying to enter US 'should at least ring the doorbell'

Tim Ryan: Migrants trying to enter US 'should at least ring the doorbell'
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Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThird-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart The Hill's 12:30 Report: Hunter Biden speaks out amid Ukraine controversy 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the October showdown MORE (D-Ohio) said migrants trying to enter the U.S. "should at least ring the doorbell" during Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate, amid an exchange over the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.

The candidates were discussing a proposal put forth in the first round of debates by former Obama Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, who said he would eliminate the statute that makes it a crime to cross into the United States without permission.

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The 10 candidates in Tuesday's debate were evenly split on the idea, which Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Mass.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE is using "to rip families apart."

The Trump administration used the criminal statute in question as the basis for its zero tolerance program, which resulted in more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents.

But Ryan is in the camp of Democrats who believe removing the statute would entice further illegal immigration, adding that immigrants should be respectful of American laws and "at least ring the doorbell."