The White House announced the President’s outright opposition to a bipartisan immigration bill making its way through the Senate Thursday, saying the proposal would “drastically change” the nation’s immigration laws and would significantly “weaken border security.”
The Trump administration released an official statement on the legislation Thursday as Senators publicly debated providing a “pathway to citizenship” for nearly two million DACA recipients; claiming the move would encourage “millions of additional minors” to flood into the United States.
“This amendment would drastically change our national immigration policy for the worse by weakening border security and undercutting existing immigration law,” the White House said in a statement.
“The administration is committed to finding a permanent, fair, and legal solution for DACA,” the statement added. “But this amendment would only compound the problem by encouraging millions of additional minors to be smuggled into the United States. We need to solve the problem, not perpetuate it indefinitely.”
President Trump has repeatedly claimed he supports a permanent solution to ‘Dreamers’ currently residing in the United States, but has also vowed to veto any proposal that does not secure funding for his signature campaign promise: The border wall.