President Donald Trump called for congressional Democrats to work with Republicans to fix immigration policy “loopholes” in light of the “national emergency” at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president took to Twitter on Monday morning demanding that “Democrats, working with Republicans in Congress” tackle “loopholes” in immigration policy, specifically pointing out the asylum policy.
Trump cited the national emergency at the Southern border and called for lawmakers to “get it done now.”
Democrats, working with Republicans in Congress, can fix the Asylum and other loopholes quickly. We have a major National Emergency at our Border. GET IT DONE NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported over 3,700 apprehensions last Monday alone, with some federal officials projecting that we could see as many as 100,000 turn-aways and apprehensions at the southern border in April, as IJR Red previously reported.
The president published a similar tweet Sunday night, torching Democrats for “allowing a ridiculous asylum system and major loopholes to remain as a mainstay of our immigration system.”
He went on in the tweet to blame the Mexican government for “doing nothing” to curb migrants attempting to cross into the country unlawfully while warning that the Department of Homeland Security would not be “very nice” for much longer.
The Democrats are allowing a ridiculous asylum system and major loopholes to remain as a mainstay of our immigration system. Mexico is likewise doing NOTHING, a very bad combination for our Country. Homeland Security is being sooo very nice, but not for long!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 31, 2019
Trump said Friday that there was a “good likelihood” that he would shut down the southern border and accused Central American countries of having “set up” the caravans of migrants traveling toward the U.S.
The president and his administration reiterated their threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.
“Faced with those limitations, the president will do everything he can,” acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “If closing the ports of entry means that, that’s exactly what he intends to do.”
Additionally, the State Department announced Saturday that it would be cutting off financial aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras; the “Northern Triangle” of Central American countries.