President Donald Trump reconfirmed his opinion that catch and release is a terrible policy in remarks he made Thursday to the crowd at a¬†Make America Great Again rally in Pennsylvania.
Talking about immigration law, Trump attacked catch and release, the policy of¬†releasing an immigrant into the community while he or she awaits hearings in immigration court, instead of holding them in immigration detention.
‚ÄúSo catch and release, you catch em now you take his name and then you release him,‚ÄĚ the president exclaimed. ‚ÄúAnd he‚Äôs supposed to show up to a court hearing.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe have to change a thing called catch and release, this is like for stupid people, catch and release, he said. ‚ÄúSomebody walks across the border they put their foot in ‚Äď they‚Äôre not even two feet just one foot and you might as well say ‚Äėwelcome to the United States we‚Äôll never get you outta here, okay?’‚ÄĚ
Trump also addressed suggestions from Congressional lawmakers urging the administration to hire thousands of judges to deal with the court backlog of immigration cases, which was highlighted¬†during the zero-tolerance policy enforcement¬†at the southern border which sometimes included¬†family separation. Trump said no way he‚Äôs hiring a thousand judges, just imagine the corruption that could take place. Trump instead suggest we need to get Border Patrol agents.
‚ÄúRemember about a month ago I said no? They want me to hire thousands of judges thousands can you imagine the corruption that would take place? You‚Äôre hiring thousands, you go into a barbershop, ‚Äúanybody want to be a judge, we need judges‚ÄĚ They want me to hire thousands of judges. I said we don‚Äôt need judges we need Border Patrol.¬† We need Border Patrol.‚ÄĚ
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