- The Washington Times - Friday, May 17, 2019

President Trump on Friday called the catch and release immigration policy “ridiculous” and the border issue a “National Emergency.”

“The Democrats now realize that there is a National Emergency at the Border and that, if we work together, it can be immediately fixed. We need Democrat votes and all will be well,” the president tweeted.

“Border Patrol is apprehending record numbers of people at the Southern Border. The bad ‘hombres,’ of which there are many, are being detained & will be sent home. Those which we release under the ridiculous Catch & Telease [sic] loophole, are being registered and will be removed later,” he said.

Mr. Trump said the U.S. is building up “removal forces” and said anybody crossing the border illegally should not make themselves “too comfortable.”

“All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon,” he wrote.

“Will the Democrats give our Country a badly needed immigration win before the election? Good chance,” he said.

Mr. Trump announced a bold plan Thursday to refashion legal immigration from its heavy reliance on family ties into a points-based system that would boost those with preferred skills.

He said his plan would achieve 100% operational security at the border, with more technology to scan vehicles coming through the legal ports, more barriers to prevent people from jumping between the ports and tighter rules to stop abuse of the asylum system.

Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this article.

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