Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards immigration, blaming the opposition Democrats for the current mess and urging the Congress to change the "ridiculous" laws.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, under President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents and guardians and placed into holding facilities between 19 April and 31 May 2018. "Change the laws. Now is the best opportunity ever for Congress to change the ridiculous and obsolete laws on immigration. Get it done, always keeping in mind that we must have strong border security," Trump said in a tweet. He blamed the opposition Democrats for the loopholes in the existing laws.
"Democrats are the problem. They don't care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our country, like MS-13. They can't win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!" Trump said.
Trump called for arresting anyone who comes into the country illegally. "If you don't have borders, you don't have a country!... Be smart America," he said. "We must always arrest people coming into our country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions," he said.
Crime in Germany is up 10 percent plus, since migrants were accepted and others countries are even worse,Trump said, adding that officials do not want to report these crimes. Later addressing the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Trump alleged that as a result of the Democrat-supported loopholes in the federal laws, most illegal immigrant families and minors from Central America who arrive unlawfully at the border, cannot be detained together or removed together, but only released.
"These are crippling loopholes that cause family separation, which we don't want. As a result of these loopholes, roughly half a million illegal immigrant family units and minors from Central America have been released into the United States since 2014, an unbelievably great taxpayer expense," Trump said.
Child smugglers exploit the loopholes, and they gain illegal entry into America, putting countless children in danger on the perilous trek to the US, he said. There has been a 325 percent increase in minors, and a 435 percent increase into smuggling or attempted smuggling of families and minors into the country. "We're stopping them all the time, by the thousands, but they still get through. We have no wall. We have no border security. Without a border, you don't have a country. You don't have a country," Trump said.
He said under the current law, there were only two policy options to respond to this massive crisis: either release all illegal immigrant families and minors who show up at the border from Central America, or arrest the adults for the federal crime of illegal entry. "Those are the only two options: totally open borders, or criminal prosecution for lawbreaking, and you want to be able to do that. We don't want people pouring into our country. We want them to come in through the process, through the legal system. And we want, ultimately, a merit-based system where people come in based on merit," he said.
Trump asked the Congress to give a third option. "We have been requesting since last year: the legal authority to detain and promptly remove families together as a unit. We have to be able to do this. This is the only solution to the border crisis," he said. "We have to stop child smuggling. This is the way to do it. And ultimately, we have to have a real border, not judges," he added.
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Updated Date: Jun 20, 2018 08:54:47 IST