President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Democrats to ‘fix’ United States immigration laws and pass new ones to establish “strong borders.”
“Democrats, fix the laws. Don’t RESIST,” Trump wrote. “We are doing a far better job than [former President George W.] Bush and [former President Barack] Obama, but we need strength and security at the Border!”
“Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country,” he added. “Strong Borders, No Crime!”
Democrats, fix the laws. Don’t RESIST. We are doing a far better job than Bush and Obama, but we need strength and security at the Border! Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018
If passed, the compromise bill would allow children to be detained with their parents throughout immigration proceedings.
Individuals who qualified for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program under the 2012 standards would also be permitted to apply for a six-year, renewable legal status.
In addition, it would establish a merit-based green card system, and provide $25 billion in funding for Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Last week, Trump tweeted that Republicans were “wasting their time” on immigration and that they should put the issue aside until after his predicted “Red Wave” in November.
Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until after we elect more Senators and Congressmen/women in November. Dems are just playing games, have no intention of doing anything to solves this decades old problem. We can pass great legislation after the Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018
Immigration has been a central issue for the Trump presidency since he was first elected to office in 2016. Recently, the separation of migrant children from their parents at the southern border has drawn widespread public backlash.
Trump signed an executive order last week putting an official end to family separations.