During an appearance on Fox News, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) clarified why the Trump administration wants a strong U.S. border.
Scalise claimed that the controversy over immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border was not due to the Trump administration wanting to keep everyone out.
“What we have is a difference of understanding about what’s happening at the border,” Scalise said. “The president has been very clear from when he ran for office that he wants to protect America’s border and keep this country safe.”
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We are a nation of laws—and we need to secure our borders to stay a nation of laws. That's what's at stake in this government funding debate. Republicans and President @realDonaldTrump will continue fighting to keep our communities safe. pic.twitter.com/q1eSY73VCm
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 10, 2018
Scalise pointed out the issues with loose border laws, saying it is important to welcome migrants that come to the country legally:
“We have at least 600 known convicted criminals as part of this caravan. These aren’t people seeking asylum. […] They were offered asylum and jobs in Mexico and turned it down. So let’s not talk about asylum. It’s whether or not we’re going to have rule of law in the country. […] There’s a legal process. There are thousands of people waiting to come into this country the right way. Follow the rules — the president said, if you want to seek asylum, there’s a way to do it. That’s not what this is about. The border funding is going to be the big battle in these next 11 days.”
The president will meet with lawmakers on Tuesday to attempt to negotiate a deal to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
“[Trump] wants $5 billion, and it’s not just to build the wall — clearly, that’s a big part of it — but it’s for all the other technology and supporting things that our Border Patrol agents need,” Scalise said. “[Some of the people in the migrant caravan] are attacking our Border Patrol agents. […] We ought to give them the tools to be safe as they protect our border.”