As he traveled to his Virginia golf course Sunday, President Donald Trump casually suggested the United States should deny due process to undocumented immigrants, tweeting that Americans “cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country.”
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Trump wrote. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents.”
The president continued in a second tweet, “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit — we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”
Trump's “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has thrown lawmakers into a frenzy as they try to craft legislation that will remedy the problem of separating families at the border.
Last week, Trump issued an executive order purporting to end family separations, but the order runs afoul of current law and will require a fix from lawmakers.
The president has sent mixed messages over the past several days, at times telling Congress to act and at others saying they should wait until after the November midterms to address immigration reform.
The latest presidential exhortations came as House Republicans were prepping for a vote on comprehensive immigration legislation, after a more hard-line bill failed last week. Neither bill has Democratic support, and prospects for the second one passing appeared dim, although the White House still supports it.
Some Republican lawmakers are preparing a more narrow immigration bill that would address one of the flaws in Trump’s executive order mandating that children and parents not be separated during their detention.
Trump previously attacked the immigration court system on Tuesday:
“I don’t want judges,” Trump said Tuesday. “I want border security. I don’t want to try people. I don’t want people coming in. Do you know, if a person comes in and puts one foot on our ground, it’s essentially, ‘Welcome to America, welcome to our country.’ You never get them out, because they take their name, they bring the name down, they file it, then they let the person go. They say, ‘Show back up to court in one year from now.’”