President Trump says about illegal border crossers: “when somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Caes, bring them back from where they came.”
President Trump issued an aggressive attack on unauthorized immigrants and the judicial system that handles them, saying that those who cross into the U.S. illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or an appearance before a judge, the New York Times reports. “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.” It was another twist in developments on immigration since the administration announced a “zero tolerance” policy two months ago, leading to the separation of children from parents who cross the border illegally and an outcry from Democrats and many Republicans.
The president has not backed back down from hard-line talk amid a national outcry over a detainment policy that has resulted in the separation of more than 2,300 children from their families. He has instead gone on the offensive, complaining to aides about why he could not just create an overarching executive order to solve the problem. Aides have had to explain that a comprehensive immigration overhaul is beyond the reach of his executive powers. “Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” Trump tweeted Sunday. His call to ignore due process faced constitutional questions and dissension from Republicans in Congress, some of whom have insisted that the number of judges be increased so migrant families can have their cases heard more quickly. Federal immigration courts faced a backlog of 700,000 cases in May, and cases can take months or years to be heard. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has proposed doubling the number of judges to roughly 750, while Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, told CNN he believes an additional 225 judges are needed.