President Donald Trump has received some harsh criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media on his tough stance on immigration — but refuses to back down and hasn’t wavered a bit.
On Tuesday, Trump planned to meet with Republicans in Congress to discuss immigration legislation.
But first, during an event for The National Federation of Independent Business, he announced a new plan to combat the huge illegal immigration problem our nation faces.
Trump said that the time of countries taking advantage of the United States by sending people to our borders is going to come to an end.
“We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families all together and bring them back to their country,” he told the crowd.
“Think of all that aid that we give some of these countries– hundreds of millions of dollars we give to some of these countries and they send them up. I’m going to go, very shortly, for authorization that when countries abuse us by sending their people up — not their best (people) — we’re not going to give any more aid to those countries,” he said.
After receiving loud applause, the president added, “Why the hell should we? Why should we? This is a responsible, common-sense approach that all lawmakers should embrace, Democrats and Republicans.”
Trump has made it clear in the past that he is not interested in sending aid to countries who take advantage of our immigration system.
In April, he tweeted, “the big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our ‘Weak Laws’ Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as in foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!”
The big Caravan of People from Honduras, now coming across Mexico and heading to our “Weak Laws” Border, had better be stopped before it gets there. Cash cow NAFTA is in play, as is foreign aid to Honduras and the countries that allow this to happen. Congress MUST ACT NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2018
During his speech, Trump also lamented that children are being separated from their parents, but pointed out that it’s a result of Democrat-supported loopholes in the law.
“I don’t want children taken away from parents, and when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally — which should happen — you have to take the children away,” he said.
“These loopholes have created a massive child smuggling trade. Can you believe this?” Trump said. “In this day and age, we’re talking about child smuggling. We’re talking about women smuggling, in this day and age.”
“The smugglers know these rules and regulations better than the people that drew them, as a result there has been a 325 percent increase in minors and a 435 percent increase in the smuggling or attempted smuggling of families and minors into our country,” he said. “We’re stopping them all the time, by the thousands, but they still get through. We have no wall, we have no border security.”
The president also blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying that “Mexico does nothing for us.”
“We can no longer be the stupid country we want to be the smart country,” Trump said, adding that Mexico is “not sending their finest (people).”
Trump had demonstrated again and again that he believes the safety and security of American citizens are what’s most important — we can only hope that lawmakers in Congress have the same priority.