UPDATED 6:19 AM PT — Tuesday, July 2, 2019
President Trump has signed a multi-billion dollar humanitarian bill to aid government personnel at the border. He signed the measure into law at the White House Monday after months of deliberations in Congress.
The bill contains over $1 billion to shelter and feed migrants, and almost $3 billion to care for unaccompanied migrant children. The president voiced his criticism over the U.S. government seemingly being treated like a hospital for illegal aliens:
“You know, we’re not in the hospital business. We are in the border security business at the border. And all of a sudden we’re forced to be in the hospital business. And again, they’re coming up because they want a piece of what’s happening in this country. They want the economy. They want the jobs. They’re not coming up, for the most part, for other reasons they’re coming up because they want the jobs…but we want them to come in legally through a process and we want them to come in based on merit, so the merit is very important.”
The bill also requires lawmakers to be notified of a migrant child’s death within 24-hours, and implements a 90-day time limit to keep migrant children in U.S. custody.
Meanwhile, President Trump also confirmed ICE will carry out immigration raids after the 4th of July. Those operations were originally scheduled to take place last month, but the president postponed them by two-weeks to give lawmakers a chance to come up with ways to close immigration loopholes and fix asylum laws.
Lawmakers have yet to propose any plan to solve this, leading President Trump to say the raids will take place unless something “miraculous” happens. The White House had planned to carry out the raids in 10 major U.S. cities, with several of those cities’ mayors saying they would protect the illegal immigrants living in their communities.