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) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio 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 WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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."