WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has a solution to the federal government missing a court-imposed deadline to reunite migrant children with their families: "Tell people not to come to our country illegally."
On Monday, Trump's administration acknowledged it would not meet a Tuesday deadline set by a San Diego federal judge to reunite detained children under 5 with their families.
“Well, I have a solution: Tell people not to come to our country illegally. That's the solution: Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other people do—come legally. I'm saying this very simply: We have laws, we have borders. Don't come to our country illegally.” pic.twitter.com/kiwB8rJVDl— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 10, 2018
Addressing questions about the missed deadline before departing the White House on Tuesday for Europe, Trump says, "That's the solution. Don't come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally."
Today I visited a facility in Brownsville, TX, where over 1,200 migrant children are being housed. What I saw reveals the incompetence of this administration and the cruelty of its policy. I came here to find answers, but I’m leaving with more questions. Here’s what I saw: pic.twitter.com/tzW9apb8rm— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) July 9, 2018
Trump is also criticizing some Democrats for calling for an end to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, claiming their position proves "Democrats want open borders, and they don't mind crime."