June 24 (UPI) — President Donald Trump advocated Sunday that undocumented immigrants be turned away from the border without a court case.
Trump shared a series of tweets criticizing the U.S. immigration system as unfair to those who attempt to enter the country legally and “are waiting on line for years.” He called for a system based on merit.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” Trump wrote. “Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”
Trump’s comments came as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives prepare for a vote on a bill seeking comprehensive immigration reform after another bill was pulled from consideration on Thursday.
“We’re trying to get a consensus from Freedom Caucus moderates and people in the middle on the Republican side. We had a very good conference when we put a pause on that bill going forward,” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who cosponsored the bill and also serves as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. “I felt very optimistic we are going to have a solution to this problem and if we don’t do this you are going to see more for these kids at the border.”
McCaul added he believes the bill will be passed some time next week and receive support from the White House, despite Trump’s call for Republicans to “stop wasting their time on Immigration” until after the midterm elections.
“I did talk to the White House yesterday. They say the president is still 100 percent behind us,” he said.
The bill would seek to provide a solution to child separation at the border and also requires employers use E-Verify to check the legal status of their workers, provides a path for citizenship for undocumented children who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and provides $25 billion to build a border wall.
McCaul said if the bill isn’t passed, lawmakers are willing to pass a bill more narrowly focused on providing a solution to family separations after Trump signed an executive order mandating entire immigrant families be detained together by the Department of Homeland Security pending legal and court proceedings for the parent.
“I think we at a minimum have to deal with the family separation,” he said. “I think this is inhumane and I think the pictures that we have seen — that’s not the face of America. I think that most people in this country want.”