Currents News Staff
On June 22, President Trump said he was putting a series of announced raids on undocumented immigrants on hold for two weeks, giving Congress a chance to “get together and work out a solution.”
Trump says Congress has two weeks to come up with a solution to illegal immigration, and to stem the influx of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border
This also comes as his administration is receiving criticism for reports of major problems at several customs and border protection facilities in Texas.
“I want to give the democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate simple changes to asylum and loopholes…probably won’t happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big deportation begins!,” he wrote in a tweet.
But after a new report showing major health and hygiene problems at several U.S. customs and border protection facilities, including a lack of beds and soap for children, the administration says Congress hasn’t provided funding to properly care for the number of migrants in custody.
“We are on track this year to have more than a million people come into our country illegally. We continue to Call on Congress to give the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection additional resources at the border,” said Vice-President Mike Pence.
“It’s outside the circle of civilized human behavior, to just be kicking down doors, splitting up families, and the rest of that, in addition to the injustices that are happening at the border,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who decried the proposed raids.
She also indicated that the House would move on legislation. However, Congress leaves for a July Fourth recess at the end of this week, leaving little time for negotiation.
“I think at this point we’re kind of in a crisis situation, and sometimes out of that, hopefully produces some meaningful conversations,” said Democratic Congressional Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi.