Pres. Trump once again called for an end to Chain Migration and the Visa Lottery in a meeting today with several Republican Senators who are negotiating with Democrats on DACA legislation. The President also called for an end to both programs over Twitter over the last week.
“We're all working in an effort to develop an immigration reform plan that will serve the interests of the American workers and the American families and safety ...
"Our current immigration system fails Americans. Chain migration is a total disaster which threatens our security and economy, and provides a gateway for terrorism. Likewise, the visa lottery is bad for our economy and very bad for security. You saw that recently in New York along the West Side Highway.
"We need a physical border wall. We're going to have a wall – remember that, we're going to have a wall – to keep out deadly drug dealers, dangerous traffickers and violent criminal cartels. Mexico's having a tremendous problem with crime and we want to keep it out of our country.
"We need to ensure our immigration officers finally have the resources, tools and authorities that they desperately deserve and need to save and protect American lives. Even the border patrol agents, as you saw recently, killed, a couple of them killed, one very badly hurt, it's a rough job and they're incredible people, along with the ICE agents. These are incredible people, they've been with me right from the beginning and they love what we're doing.
"That's why our position has been clear, and very clear from the beginning. Any legislation on DACA must secure the border with a wall, it must give our immigration officers the resources they need to stop illegal immigration and also to stop visa overstays and, crucially, the legislation must end chain migration. It must end the via lottery. Dangerous, and I think many of the Democrats agree with us on that now.”
Vice Pres. Mike Pence, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Senior adviser Stephen Miller attended the meeting at the White House.
Updated: Thu, Jan 18th 2018 @ 3:25pm EST