Trump calls for ‘tough love’ on immigration policy, but the White House is looking for compromise
President Donald Trump said Monday he is looking to make immigration “tough” and that he would not be happy if it were “done poorly.”
Trump made the remarks at a press conference with his family, who were watching from the sidelines as he addressed reporters.
Trump said he would consider an increase in legal immigration, saying “there’s no way to do it in a way that’s good for us.”
Trump was referring to his proposal to increase the number of guest worker visas to 100,000.
The president said he wanted to “go hard on” illegal immigration, and he also said he hoped to “get tough” on undocumented immigrants and those who have been here illegally for years.
“We’re going to be very tough on everybody,” Trump said.
“I’m going to go hard on everybody.”
Trump’s comments come as he has pushed the idea of a crackdown on illegal immigration.
He said that if illegal immigrants come to the United States, they should be sent back to their home countries, adding that they should “get out” of the country if they “are a threat to public safety or national security.”
Trump also said that illegal immigration was “killing the country,” and he said “we have to do something about it.”
“You’re going up in the world, you’re going back in the country, we have to get it under control,” Trump told reporters.
“There’s no question, I think, you need to get tough on it.
We have to go after it,” Trump added.
Trump also called for the “toughest” approach to immigration possible, saying, “we’re going there.”
“If it’s done poorly, we’re going in the opposite direction,” Trump continued.
“We’re looking for the best compromise.”
The White House declined to comment on Trump’s comments, but it said it was “working closely with Congress to address border security, including a plan to resettle 100,00 refugees within the next three years.”