U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has authored a book on U.S. immigration policy, particularly with regard to refugees and asylum seekers. America is Better Than This relates Merkley’s experiences visiting Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities near the Mexican border.
The 240-page book was released August 19, and Merkley discussed it in an appearance in Portland that was sponsored by Powell’s Books. ThePortland Tribune covered the appearance in an article published September 30.
Merkley has been a consistent supporter of immigration reform during and prior to the current administration, voting in support of the 2013 “Gang of Eight” comprehensive reform bill, which OAN supported. It was approved in the Senate 68–32, but died after it was not taken up by the House.