Deport Without ‘Judges or Court Cases’

Immigrant families line up after they were processed and released by US Customs  and Border Protection on June 24 in McAllen, Texas.
Immigrant families line up after they were processed and released by US Customs  and Border Protection on June 24 in McAllen, Texas.

President Donald Trump on Sunday called for the US to deport people without judicial proceedings, referred to an invasion by “these people” and railed against standing immigration laws.

“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…,” Trump tweeted, CNN reported.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump said immigration policy in the US is “laughed at all over the world,” and “is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit.”

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 former 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.

 Rational Solution

In an interview, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders called on Trump to meet with members of congress to work “on a rational program” dealing with immigration.

“I think what we need is to create policies which deal with immigration in a rational way,” Sanders said. “And a rational way is not locking children up in detention centers or separating them from their mothers.”

Sanders differentiated between Trump and the Obama administration on this issue, saying there was “concern” about the treatment of undocumented immigrants under Obama, but that it was not the same as family separation under Trump.

“Under Obama, there was not a policy that says if you are a mom with a little boy coming over the country, we’re going to grab that boy, put him into a detention center, which will clearly cause long-term psychological problems for that kid,” Sanders said.


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