The administration is changing the rules for migrants at the border, despite Democrat opposition, President Donald Trump told the Associated Press.
“We have the worst laws in the history of the world on immigration, and we’re getting them changed one by one,” Trump said in the Oct. 16 Oval Office interview, which covered border issues and many other matters. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks even, but we’re getting them changed one by one.”
“We should be getting credit for the job we’ve done,” Trump told the Associated Press.
Trump’s remarks come as his deputies have begun pressuring the Mexican government to stop the transit of another “caravan” of job-seeking migrants through Mexico to the U.S. border. Officials say they need the Mexican government to act because Democrats have blocked draft federal laws that could turn away the migrant job-seekers before they can flood into the labor market and force down Americans’ wages.
Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
The changed rules that Trump cited in the Associated Press interview are likely the stream of policies and regulations emerging from Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions’ office, and from Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Department of Homeland Security.
For example, Sessions persuaded the Supreme Court to accept Trump’s authority to decide immigration by Muslims or other groups.
Sessions has gotten a hostile Californian judge to agree that migrants can be detained with their child or children for 20 days. Trump’s aides are now considering using the 20-day rule in a new border policy which tells migrant men or women that they will be detained with their child or children for 20 days, but then must decide whether they want to go home or have their child sent to a shelter while the parents remain detained until their court cases are completed, in as little as 40 days.
Nine ways in which Trump, AG Sessions, and DHS Nielsen are gradually getting migration under control. Estb. is fighting tooth-and-nail to distract middle-class from bigger issue of legal immigration/visa-workers which keeps wages low & stock-values high. https://t.co/H3AWytzza6
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) September 20, 2018
Sessions has ordered his agency’s immigration-court judges to discard the pro-migration rules set by former President Barack Obama. From 2010, Obama triggered the migration wave by offering easy asylum to migrants — including those who say they are threatened by spouses and criminal gangs — and by using federal agencies to deliver cartel-smuggled children and youths from the border to their parents living illegally in the United States.
Sessions has also hired more judges, sped up the judicial process, and has almost halved the percentage of job-seeking migrants who are being allowed to stay in the United States.
In February, Sessions persuaded the Supreme Court that officials do not have to grant catch-and-release bail to migrants. He is now using that win to launch a legal process which will allow him to bar immigration-court judges from granting bail to migrants. That decision would ensure a dramatic increase in border detentions, but it could permanently block the cartel’s labor-smuggling business — even without a border wall — by preventing migrants from using U.S. wages to pay their cartel debts
Democrats have made “child separation” into an emotional issue for their supporters, even though the use of children is now a huge part of the cartels’ business.
The cartels’ coyotes are telling their job-seeking migrant clients to bring their children to the border. The migrants’ children are useful because they trigger the 2015 Flores catch-and-release loophole, so allowing the migrants to get through the border, get a job, and pay their smuggling debts to the cartels.
The issue is also important because Democrats and the media prefer to focus their attention on the needs of migrants, not of Americans. For example, Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown declared Oct. 14 that “perhaps the most divisive thing in our society now is what our government did to rip these children from their families at the border.”
In the same TV debate against GOP candidate Jim Renacci, Brown also urged Trump to stop deporting illegal migrants once they manage to take jobs from Americans. Brown said:
You don’t prioritize by going after and deporting people who are working hard, who are paying their taxes, who are active in their church, who are raising their families, who are doing things in our community … Why would we deport them?
Immigration lawyers also praise the cartel’s labor trafficking into Americans’ workplaces:
We should welcome the caravan of people and allow them to apply for asylum in keeping with the foundational values of America as a nation that protects the oppressed. Trump does not get it as he does not reflect true American values. He is un-American. https://t.co/17ahL0DH5G
— Cyrus Mehta (@cyrusmehta) October 16, 2018
Similarly, the AP suggested Trump was responsible for the cartels’ use of children as a smuggling tool.
The AP reporters said to Trump: “There are children who have now been reunited with their families who are now showing signs of trauma from their separation experience … Do you have any regrets or any remorse about how this has impacted children, though?”
Trump rejected the AP’s attempt to guilt him for the cartels’ business strategy.
They take children and they use them to try and come into our country. There are many, many bad things going on on the border … you have children that we’re taking care of, that don’t even have parents at least anywhere within hundreds of miles of the border, and we’re taking those children, caring for those children, and in many cases sending them back to their parents in countries where their parents didn’t even make the journey up with them, incredibly …
Here’s the thing. I think we’ve done an incredible job with children. As I just said, we’ve taken children who have no parents with them standing on the border. We’ve taken many children, and I’m not talking about a small percentage, I’m talking about a very large percentage where they have no people, no parents. In addition to that, we’re separating children who are just met by people that are using them [for] coming into the border.
Trump also turned the tables on the AP, saying that migration would rise if officials cannot prosecute detained migrants while their children are sheltered separately:
The one thing I will also say is that when a person thinks they will not be separated, our border becomes overrun with people coming in. So that’s another problem. With all of that being said, we’re getting the laws changed so that catch and release, so that visa lottery, so that chain migration and every other form of incredible stupidity can be taken out of our system.
Trump’s press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders broke into the interview to remind the AP that many migrants have chosen to separate themselves from their children, either by migrating illegally into the United States without their children or by leaving their children in the United States once the adults are repatriated. She said:
I’ll send you guys the DHS report that has the numbers that show that, like, 75 percent of the kids were actually self-separated. Their parents chose to go back and signed the paperwork to leave their kids behind.
Business groups and Democrats tout polls which prod Americans to declare support for migrants and for the claim that the United States is a “Nation of Immigrants.”
But the alternative “priority or fairness” polls — plus the 2016 election — show that voters in the polling booth put a much higher priority on helping their families, neighbors, and fellow nationals get decent jobs in a high-tech, high-immigration, low-wage economy.