President Trump retrieved an old video of Barack Obama speaking in favor of a strict immigration policy and surprisingly tweeted out his support for the statement Tuesday afternoon.
Obama, who was a senator from Illinois at the time, said in the C-SPAN clip: ‘We are generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally, and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.
‘We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants in this country.’
Trump wrote in response to the remarks: ‘I agree with President Obama 100%.’
I agree with President Obama 100%! pic.twitter.com/PI3aW1Zh5Q
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2018
His predecessor made the resurfaced statement in support of the ‘Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.’ The bill was introduced by Sen. John McCain Sen. Ted Kennedy in an effort to improve border security.
The Trump administration has not settled on a plan for what to do if a migrant caravan arrives at the southern border.
Trump threatened to declare a national emergency or rescind aid from the countries whose people are journeying north.
Top immigration officials and close Trump advisers are still evaluating the options in closed-door meetings that have gotten increasingly heated in the past week, including one that turned into a shouting match as the caravan of about 7,000 people pushes north, according to administration officials and others with knowledge of the issue.
They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the topic.
The caravan, at least 1,000 miles away, comes on the heels of a surge in apprehensions of families at the border, which has rankled Trump but has also given him a fresh talking point to rally his base ahead of the midterm elections just two weeks away.