President Donald Trump on Monday urged Democrats to stop “obstructing” and work with Republicans to pass a comprehensive immigration bill to address the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president also took a tough stance on keeping America safe.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” Trump said. “You look at what’s happening in Europe; you look at what’s happening in other places, we can’t allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.”
Trump argued the issue is very simple: “We want safety, and we want security for our country.”
“If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing, we could have something done very quickly,” the president added. “Good for the children, good for the country, good for the world. It could take place quickly. We could have an immigration bill.”
Trump said the U.S. is currently stuck with “horrible” immigration laws until Congress steps up to fix them. He suggested America could set an example for the entire world with immigration reform.
“What’s happening is so sad, it’s so sad,” he added. “And it can be taken care of quickly, beautifully, and we’ll have safety. This could really be something very special.”
Critics have accused the Trump administration of separating illegal immigrant children from their families at the border.
DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen hit back hard in a series of recent statements, claiming the press is misleading the public on the issue and refusing to apologize for enforcing the law.
“We have to do our job. We will not apologize for doing our job,” she said in a recent speech. "This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you.”