Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley questioned critics of President Donald Trump‘s deportation plans, given the legal repercussions American citizens face when they break the law.
A few weeks ago, President Trump announced a series of deportations, but he put his plan on hold to allow House Democrats some time to put forward new asylum laws in the meantime.
At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2019
I want to give the Democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes. This will fix the Southern Border, together with the help that Mexico is now giving us. Probably won’t happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big Deportation begins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2019
It’s been two weeks and Democrats haven’t coughed up any immigration reforms, prompting the Trump administration to return to their original plan of deportation. Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is prepared to deport as many as one million illegal immigrants.
This move has many outraged, despite the fact that these illegal immigrants have had a trial a court order to be deported.
During an interview on Fox News, Gidley pushed back on those who oppose the administration’s deportation plan, given that American citizens who disobey court orders are arrested for their crime.
Watch Gidley’s comments:
“This is a very sad situation. We have a crisis at our southern border that’s both humanitarian and national security in nature. We have over a million people in this country who have received final deportation orders from a judge, meaning they’ve already had their day in court and they’re supposed to go home. That’s a set of rules and laws that should apply to everyone in this country but American citizens get put in jail if they ignore a court order. But if you’re here illegally, I guess the law doesn’t apply to you.”
Gidley also highlighted the contrast between President Trump’s treatment when it comes to his immigration policy, compared to former President Barack Obama’s. Obama deported more illegal immigrants than any other president in U.S. history, but Gidley argues that he was given a better system to work with.
He noted that the Trump administration cannot deport illegal immigrants as easily as the Obama administration because of the shift in demographics. Today, most migrants are family units from Central America instead of adult males from Mexico and U.S. law requires a different process for deporting those who are not from Mexico or Canada.
“Our laws aren’t set up to handle that. That’s why we’ve got to come to the table — or Democrats should, at least — and talk to the White House to figure out how we solve this problem and close these loopholes. Because, right now, children being exploited. Women are being exploited. And Democrats are nowhere to be found. They’d rather use it as a political issue and it’s sad.”
Gidley claimed that Democrats could change asylum laws and curb the flow of migrants “in 15 minutes” if they brought a deal forward to the president.