Top Dem Claims Trump Is Using Border Crisis as a ‘Political Prop,’ Only Wants to Further a Political Agenda

Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairman Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) claimed that President Donald Trump is using the border crisis as a “political prop.”

As IJR previously reported, there are hundreds of thousands of migrants pouring over the southern border of the United States, with as many as 144,278 being apprehended in the month of May alone.

This influx of migrants has overwhelmed the facilities used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), forcing Border Patrol agents to release migrants into the country on their own recognizance to return for an asylum court date that could be years away due to the volume of cases.

President Trump has been sounding the alarm about this problem since taking office. His battle for a border wall prompted the longest ever partial government shutdown, which only ended upon his decision to declare a national emergency to fund the border wall.

The president also recently threatened hefty tariffs on Mexican goods as a way to force Mexican officials to the table on immigration. The two parties came to an agreement on Friday evening whereby Trump will drop the tariffs and Mexico will send around 6,000 troops to its southern border to prevent Central Americans from traveling through the country.

Despite all of the efforts Trump has made — with little help from Congress — to stop the flow of migrants into the United States, Cicilline still believes that Trump is only using the crisis as a “political prop,” rather than a crisis he wants to solve.

During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Cicilline told guest anchor Bret Baier that he doesn’t believe Trump understands the crisis.

Watch Cicilline’s interview:

“We ought to honor that [asylum] system. They reflect our values as a country, but we ought to make sure it’s being done expeditiously and that people are not gaming the system, of course, but we need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to devote more resources to it, but we need a president who understands the complexity of the problem and stops using this issue as a political prop to advance a political agenda.”

Cicilline noted that Democrats are considering increasing funding to address the shortage of judges and immigration attorneys at the border and foreign aid to Central America, but it isn’t clear what other ideas his party— or Congress in general — has brought to the table in an actionable way.

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B
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Trumps a dope. What a big win with Mexico. They hate America and only want to use the crap out of us. Soak us for every penny. Their whole economy is based on our cash. Useless sacks of garbage infiltrated this country for 50 years. Now it’s the sacks of crap south of Mexico’s turn. If Trump really thinks they’re going to stick to the deal he had nothing to do with, he’s dumber than I thought. Stupid dope has full authority to end this mess on his own as the executive branch. He doesn’t need congress to change any… Read more »

Paul
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I think it’s about time for the Trumpers to realize that their leader doesn’t know anything about anything, and that he leads for anything that will make him feel adequate. Good luck, Donnie: three wives and two hookers couldn’t do it, so couldn’t three androids that you raised. Make America Gag Again!

Opi
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Opi

Top dems sound new to politics

Tricia Anderson
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Idiot!! We are not amused. lol

mrtweet
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mrtweet

He’s using it to protect America, unlike the Democrats who want illegals to enter illegally (against our constitution) for the votes, giving them free medical care who haven’t done anything for our country. But with AOC proposing funds for research on Magic Mushrooms, this justifies that the Democrats want illegals in so they can get their drugs. Yes, by the way they are acting and not doing their job, they are most likely on drugs.

Sherri
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The left always accuses others of what they are doing. This is a case in point.

Mercedes Salvador-McClellan
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Mercedes Salvador-McClellan

People is using our asylum system as a political tool. It’s not President Trump’s fault that top Democrats and left leaders are using this as a way to get more people into the country in order to gain more votes later on or just add more pressure to the President. Nobody seems to take into consideration our country needs. More illegal immigrants won’t bring any improvements or assets to our economy, but more burden to our social services system, more welfare checks. What are they providing to our country?

Lona Boksay
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Lona Boksay

Isn’t that what the Dummocrats are doing..????? to catch more illegals for voting in 2020????and further???? Talk about calling the kettle black…..they first came up with that idea……for their agenda, and blaming Trump????

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