Originally published by Politico
President Donald Trump demanded on Thursday that Congress pass laws allowing undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers to be deported without due process, which he characterized as a “long and costly” process that the U.S. is foolish to carry out.
“Congress must pass smart, fast and reasonable Immigration Laws now. Law Enforcement at the Border is doing a great job, but the laws they are forced to work with are insane,” the president wrote on Twitter Thursday morning in a pair of posts. “When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our country being forced to endure a long and costly trial.”
“Tell the people ‘OUT,’ and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn,” he continued. “Hiring thousands of ‘judges’ does not work and is not acceptable - only Country in the World that does this!”
In a third tweet, the president called America’s immigration laws “insane” and issued an all-caps call for Congress to fix them “NOW!”
The president’s immigration policies, long a point of contention with his critics, have drawn extra scrutiny in recent weeks amid the controversy over the Trump administration’s policy of referring all illegal border-crossers for prosecution, a practice which resulted in the separation of thousands of children from their parents.
After initially, and falsely, insisting that the separations could be ended only by Congress, Trump signed an executive order last month ending the practice. It remains unclear how quickly separated families are being reunited.
Even after the president’s executive order, protesters marched last weekend in Washington and around the country in opposition to the administration’s immigration policy, which critics have lambasted as heartless.
Trump, though, has complained that immigrants take advantage of U.S. immigration laws, which he has characterized as being overly generous and riddled with loopholes. He has publicly rejected the idea of hiring additional immigration judges, the officials who oversee asylum and deportation hearings, in favor of laws that would remove undocumented immigrants without a hearing.