Trump Complains About Not Being Able To Change Laws By Executive Order: Report
President Donald Trump has privately complained to aides about not being able to use an executive order to change U.S. immigration laws, The New York Times revealed Sunday.
The aides told the Times that they have tried explaining to Trump that his limited executive power prevents him from implementing a comprehensive immigration overhaul.
The president also reportedly said he regretted signing an executive order earlier this week, stopping the administration’s zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting migrant adults who illegally cross the U.S. southern border, resulting in the separation of migrant families.
The Times report comes shortly after Trump was forced to end to the administration’s practice of separating migrant families at the border, which resulted in some 2,000 children being separated from their parents.
But Trump on Sunday doubled down on his harsh immigration stand, calling for all immigrants who cross into the U.S. illegally to be deported “back from where they came” without going through the judicial process in deportation cases.
“When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” the president said in a tweet, adding that the U.S. immigration policy is “very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years” and “must be 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. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order. Most children come without parents…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018