U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday told reporters that he is considering several options to tighten border security which also includes separating migrant families at the border to take on deter illegal immigration.
“We’re looking at everything that you could look at when it comes to illegal immigration,” Trump said of migrants. “If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come. You’ve got some really bad people out there.”
The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border led to a widespread condemnation in the US as well as abroad after pictures of youngsters in cages surfaced in the media. The controversy forced the Trump administration to abandon the policy back in June. Notably, some 2,600 children were separated from their parents under the policy that was aimed at securing the border and ceasing illegal immigration.
Trump claimed that immigrants were using children whom they don’t even know to enter the US in many cases.
“You have really bad people coming in and using people,” Trump said. “They’re not their children. They don’t even know the children. They haven’t known the children for 20 minutes. And they grab children and they use them to come into our country.”
He went on to mention new family separation rules and policies that will be likely be implemented to take on illegal immigration.
“We’re looking at a lot of different things having to do with illegal immigration,” he said, calling out to Congress to pass immigration legislation. “We’re going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down.”
According to data obtained from the Department of Homeland Security, the country saw a 38 percent increase in the number of migrants arrested on charges of illegally crossing the border in the month of August.
Trump said that he wants only people with merit to enter the country.