President Donald Trump said the immigration system is “corrupt” and questioned the need for trials.
In an interview with Fox News that aired Thursday,” Trump said the United States has “the worst immigration laws in the whole world” and he wanted to get rid of the system of “catch and release.” He also said the United States is essentially the only country with judges considering immigration cases.
“Other countries have—it’s called security people, people that stand there and say you can’t come in,” Trump said. “We have thousands of judges and they need thousands of more judges. The whole system is corrupt. It’s horrible. So you need thousands of judges based on this crazy system. Whoever heard of a system where you put people through trials? Where do these judges come from? You know a judge is a very special person. How do you hire thousands of people to be a judge?
“So, it’s ridiculous. We’re going to change the system, we have no choice for the good of our country.”
According to the Washington Post, there were 334 immigration judges as of mid-April.
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