The renewed focus on immigration came after Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday aimed at keeping some families together at the border after his administration faced calls to stop separating children from parents.
On Friday, Trump said
Republicans would do better to “stop wasting their time on immigration” until after the midterm elections, pushing the issue until after he anticipated they would defeat Democrats in November.
And earlier Sunday, Trump called for Democrats to address immigration and said his administration was doing a far better job than Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“Democrats, fix the laws. Don’t RESIST. We are doing a far better job than Bush and Obama, but we need strength and security at the Border! Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s continued statements
on immigration and border security, including his call on Sunday for the US to forgo the use of judges, come as Congress attempts to grapple with the issue.
Johnson: US has ‘been encouraging illegal immigration’
Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson said Sunday the laws and practices of the US have encouraged undocumented immigration to levels the nation cannot handle.
“We have been encouraging illegal immigration,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said decades of “well intentioned” decisions were responsible for surges in illegal border crossings over the years.
“We don’t have the capacity to handle all the unaccompanied children, all the family units that are now flooding our border because of a host of judicial decisions, legal precedent and laws,” Johnson said.
Johnson acknowledged in the interview that the US demand for drugs fueled instability in Central America and contributed to migration trends, but indicated repeatedly that policies like DACA incentivized people to enter the US illegally.
“Because of our insatiable demand for drugs, yes public institutions in Central America have been destroyed, but they were destroyed prior to 2012 and DACA,” Johnson said.
‘About 21%’ of children reunited
Johnson said the Department of Homeland Security had told him “about 21%” of the children separated have been reunited, and when asked if he was confident the government has the ability to reunite kids with their parents, Johnson said, “They are saying they do.”
“We’ll continue our oversight on that, but the track record in the prior administration wasn’t particularly good either,” Johnson said.