President Donald Trump let loose on 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls for their stance on immigration.
During Thursday’s rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, the president tackled Democrats for pushing plans that he doesn’t see will help the immigration situation at the U.S.-Mexico border — which has been overwhelmed by the flow of migrants, already exceeding the total number of apprehensions this fiscal year in comparison to the total fiscal year of 2018.
He called the “greatest betrayal” by Democrats is “their support for open borders.”
“Democrat lawmakers care more about illegal aliens than they care about their own constituents,” Trump told the crowd. “They put foreign citizens before American citizens. We’re not going to do that.”
The president also noted that his proposal to shift to a merit-based system would fix an “immigration system that’s totally broken.”
“We’re going to win the House. We’re going to win the Senate. We’re going to win the presidency. And we’re going to do a merit-based immigration system.”
A protestor in the crowd interrupted the president’s speech twice, holding an “Immigrants Built America” sign — who was then ejected from the event.
Watch Trump’s rally below:
Several 2020 Democratic candidates tossed their support behind decriminalizing entry of those who enter the U.S. illegally, during the second round of 2020 Democratic debate this week. This includes former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D), Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), and mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also supports this.
Additionally, 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls Biden, Booker, Sanders, Warren, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), among others, want to offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
The president isn’t the only Republican knocking the 2020 Democratic candidates on immigration. As IJR Red previously reported, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “… if you decriminalize illegal entry into the US we will be even more overrun than we are today.”
“Crossing our border illegally is a crime. How is that even debatable?” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said of the Democrats proposal to decriminalize illegal border crossings from being a federal crime. “It undermines our national security. America must remain a nation of laws.”