LifeZette -- Brendan Kirby

Rye said many illegal immigrants are fleeing violence and suggested it is immoral to discourage them from trying to cross the U.S. border illegally.

"They're trying to escape situations for many of them that are not safe," she said. "And they're saying, 'I would rather risk where I am than try to come there.'"

Chris Chmielenski, director of content and activism at NumbersUSA, told LifeZette that many of the world's 7.4 billion people are in similarly dire circumstances.

"So the question is, how many of them do we want to allow in?" he asked.

Chmielenski said NumbersUSA long has advocated helping people in their own countries as the best way to alleviate suffering.

"You can't solve the problem by simply opening up your borders," he said.

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Illegal Immigration
Chris Chmielenski

Updated: Mon, Sep 11th 2017 @ 1:45pm EDT