Trump warns that immigration threatens US security
US President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an event in Virginia on December 15, 2017
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the current US immigration system is a threat to national security, at a time when his government seeks the backing of the Supreme Court to lift the protection enjoyed by 700,000 immigrants.
Days after Trump caused great controversy when denouncing the entrance of migrants coming from, according to said, “countries of shit”, the government reoriented the debate to the relation between the immigration and the terrorist threat.
A report from the Justice and Homeland Security departments indicates that about 75% of the 549 convictions for international terrorism in the US courts since the Al-Qaida attacks on September 11, 2001, involve people born abroad. , including 148 who obtained citizenship after arriving in the country.
Trump tweeted the link to the report on Tuesday, supporting the efforts of the White House to end two key immigration programs: the “green card” lottery system that has existed for 28 years and is open worldwide; and the so-called “chain migration”, which allows the extended family of immigrants to reach the United States.
“We have submitted a list of resources and reforms to Congress, we need to maintain security in the United States, including the removal of a random chain of migration and lottery system,” he said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions released the report five days after Trump rejected a bipartisan agreement to reform immigration programs, partially finance a wall on the Mexican border and guarantee the status of so-called “dreamers,” immigrants who illegally entered the country. country being children and that have been benefited with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“This report reveals an undeniably sobering reality: our immigration system has undermined our national security and public safety,” Sessions said.
“And the information in this report is just the tip of the iceberg: we currently have investigations for links to terrorism against thousands of people in the United States, including hundreds of people who came as refugees,” he added.
The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it will appeal directly to the Supreme Court a blockade filed by a San Francisco judge against Trump’s decision to eliminate the DACA, setting aside the California Court of Appeals.
“Today’s announcement is the latest in a disturbing pattern of hostile actions directed against young immigrants” in the country, said Lorella Praeli of the United States Civil Liberties Union.
– Assimilation –
The White House argues that these two programs bring too many people to the United States who can not adapt and lack the skills and education to contribute to society.
“A properly functioning immigration system promotes assimilation in all its forms, through any mechanism by which these people arrive in the United States,” a senior government official told reporters at an explanatory meeting on the report.
“It does not promote the admission of individuals who could not succeed, who would not integrate, who could potentially become radicalized or who have already become radicalized and represent a threat to our national security,” he added.
White House officials have said they aspire to a system like Canada or Australia, where immigrant candidates are evaluated for the skills and knowledge they can bring to the country.
They also denied that Trump is racist after Democratic lawmakers told reporters that the president spoke of “shitty countries” in a heated debate over immigration policies.
The problem, they said, is the “green card” lottery and chain immigration.
“Each nation continually assesses their needs,” said one official.
The government seeks to ensure that the immigration system “serves national interests,” including by reviewing the odds “of a person’s success” after arriving in the country, he said.