President Trump doubled down on his hard-line immigration stance Monday morning, arguing that a hiring surge for judges is not the answer to illegal immigration.
Mr. Trump also called for his border wall, arguing it is “the only real answer” to the immigration issue.
The president’s comments come after outrage over family separation resulting from his administration’s zero-tolerance policy. Mr. Trump accused the media of holding him to a double standard with the “same immigration policies” under former President Barack Obama.
Last week, Mr. Trump repeatedly called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. By Friday, however, he tweeted that Republicans should stand down until after midterms because of obstruction from Democrats.
The president signed an executive order on Wednesday to effectively end family separation by detaining children with their family members arrested for illegally crossing the border. However, because children are legally only allowed to be held 20 days, the order may be struck down by a judge.