Despite a terrorist attack this week in New York City, President Trump says he thinks Americans are safer now than they were two years ago thanks to extreme vetting. Still, he says immigrants should go through an even tougher vetting process before being allowed in to the U.S.
" I think we are. I think that we have a much tougher vetting process. I call it extreme vetting. We are very strong with our vetting. But people can slip through. But I say as strong as we are we have to get stronger," Trump said in an interview with Full Measure with Sharyl Attkison.
Trump said one thing making America's immigration safeguards weaker is so-called "chain migration" and said the suspect in the NYC attacks, Sayfullo Saipov, could have brought 23 people into the U.S.
"This person came in through a lottery and not only came in through a lottery, but you have this whole system where you can bring people with you-- chain migration, it's horrible," Trump said. "This is not the kind of people we want in the United States so we have to get rid of chain migration."
Earlier this week, Trump announced that he was working to end the State Department's Diversity Visa Lottery program. Up to 50,000 immigrants per year, receive green cards under the program, designed to diversify the U.S. population by bringing in immigrants from countries with low levels of immigration.
Saipov came in to the U.S. through that program.
Trump blamed Democrats for making America weaker on immigration.
"You know they obstruct make it very tough and they want on immigration and crime. I mean they want people to just pour in over the border. That's not going to happen. And we're stopping it. Now we want a merit based system. I don't want people to come into our country but it's got to be a merit based system and we can take that for the norm," he told Attkison.
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