Illegal immigration proved to be a winning issue for President Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and he is not shying away from the issue now that he’s up for reelection.
Appearing via telephone on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” the president told host Maria Bartiromo that a surge in illegal immigration is the result of our strong economy.
Trump also said Democrats have turned the southern border into “Disneyland,” with their efforts to accommodate those who illegally enter the United States.
“People are pouring up because our economy is so good. I mean, unfortunately, it is the only bad part about what we’re doing,” the president noted. “Everybody wants a piece of it and they’re willing to come up and take the risk of this tremendous danger.”
The Commerce Department just posted a 3.2 percent growth rate for the first quarter, which prompted a little celebration from President Trump on Friday.
“Just out: Real GDP for First Quarter grew 3.2% at an annual rate. This is far above expectations or projections. Importantly, inflation VERY LOW. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he tweeted.
But the president also pointed to outdated U.S. immigration laws and obstruction by the Democratic Party to address these laws.
“Our laws are so bad,” Trump said. “The combination of having a great economy and having the weakest immigration laws anywhere in the world by far, and we have catch and release, and we have chain migration, and the visa lottery, we have things that nobody in their right mind would have.
“We’re trying to get rid of them, the Democrats won’t do it. We need some Democrat votes, we’re unanimous with the Republicans but we need some Democrat votes and they go out of their way to allow these people to come in.”
Explaining that by assuring migrants their families will be held together, Trump said this serves as an incentive for more families to trek to our border. He said that when the Obama and Bush administrations separated children from parents being detained, “far fewer people would come.”
“We go out and stop the separation and the problem is you have ten times as many people coming up with their families,” he said.
It’s like Disneyland now. Before you would get separated and some people would say let’s not go up. Now, you don’t get separated, and while that sounds nice and all, what happens is you literally have ten times as many families coming up because they know they’re not going to be separated from their children,” Trump explained. “So it turned out to be a disincentive, which is obviously a disaster. It’s a disaster.”
Adding to the problem is a small army of liberal lawyers camped on the border to run interference for foreign nations who eschew our immigration laws.
“We’re moving people out so fast,” Trump said. “The problem is we have to register them, we have to bring them to court.”
“Another country just says sorry, you can’t come into our country and they walk them out. In our country you have to bring them to court, you have to have Perry Mason involved, I mean, you know, it’s all legal. You have lawyers standing at the border, our people, lawyers, wise guys standing at the border, signing people up.”
He also spoke of Democrats and the open border left demonizing those tasked with protecting our borders.
“Every time [detained illegal aliens] catch a cold they try and blame Border Patrol,” Trump said. “It’s a disgrace what’s going on, and it could be solved in 15 minutes if the Democrats would give us the votes — it would be over.”
He pointed out that there are 900,000 immigration cases backlogged.
“They have a court that needs to hear 900,000 cases,” Trump said. “How ridiculous is this?
“It’s a system that Congress can fix — and they don’t get off their ass,” he added. “It’s the Democrats. We can solve it so quickly.”
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