President Donald Trump said today that people who enter the United States illegally should be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process, likening them to invaders who are trying to "break into" the country.
The American immigration system is unfair to those who came to the U.S. legally and are waiting in line for years, President Donald Trump said today as he once again pushed for a merit-based immigration system. "Most children come without parents", Trump said Sunday on Twitter.
Outside the House chamber, Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., said Trump's tweet - which may simply reflect a recognition that the conservative bill was doomed anyway - could sway undecided Republicans to vote against the more moderate bill.
"Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again", he concluded.
Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said decades of "well intentioned" decisions were responsible for surges in illegal border crossings over the years.More news: Supreme Court closes online sales tax loophole
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But he bowed to public pressure last week and reversed a policy of separating adults and children who enter the US illegally together at the border with Mexico, though his "zero-tolerance" policy of criminally prosecuting all illegal border-crossers remains.
Trump has made a crackdown on immigration a key element of his administration. At a Las Vegas political rally Saturday, he accused Democrats of backing "weak, weak borders", saying at one point: "I think I got elected largely because we are strong on the border". Leonard Lance, R-7th Dist., and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., to propose legislation requiring the administration to reunite the families. The president told House Republicans he was "1,000 percent" behind their effort last week but then suggested just three days later on Twitter that Republicans wait until after the fall midterm elections.
But Trump's frustration over the issue only grew.
Will went on to warn that with no opposition from a Republican-led Congress, a "President Trump" would be worse than having Hillary Clinton in the White House while the GOP held Congressional control. He has issued a steady drumbeat of criticism of the immigration system and Democrats in Congress, while using increasingly harsh terms such as "invasion" and "infestation" to describe illegal immigration.
His tough comments come after he was forced to back down on his zero-tolerance approach to migrant children. "This is an issue about what is right and what is wrong", Castro said.