Trump: 'We're Not Going to Give Any More Aid' to Countries That Send Illegal Immigrants to U.S.

By Susan Jones | June 20, 2018 | 6:30am EDT
President Donald Trump addresses the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Washington on June 19. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - "Let's do the right thing," President Trump told a gathering in Washington on Tuesday. He was speaking about legislation to stop unchecked illegal immigration.

But Democrats on Tuesday flatly refused to support legislation, saying it's unnecessary when President Trump could simply adopt a different "policy." Trump indicated that he may adopt a new policy -- one that denies financial aid to countries that send their people fleeing north.

"We have a chance. We want to solve this problem, we want to solve family separation, I don't want children taken away from parents," Trump said.

And when you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away. Now we don't have to prosecute them, but then we're not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That's not good.

We want to end the border crisis by finally giving us the legal authorities and the resources to detain and remove illegal immigrant families altogether and bring them back to their country. We have to bring them back to their country.

Now think of all that aid that we give some of these countries, hundreds of millions of dollars we give to some of these countries, and they send them up.

Well I'm going to go, very shortly, for authorization that when countries abuse us by sending their people up, not their best, we're not going to give anymore aid to those countries. Why the hell should we? Why should we?

The president was applauded for those remarks by members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Trump called immigration legislation a "responsible common-sense approach that all law makers should embrace, Democrats and Republicans.

"And remember, we need the Democrats. People say, "Oh you have the majority." Well, in the Senate we have 1 but you need 60," he said. "We need Democrat support. They don't want to give it because Democrats love open borders. Let the whole world come in -- MS13, gang members from all over the place, come on in, we have open borders and they view that possibly, intelligently except that it's destroying our country.

"They view that as potential voters. Someday, they're going to vote for Democrats. Because they can't win on their policies which are horrible; they found that out in the last presidential election."

(More applause.)

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