On Friday morning, President Donald Trump said that he was looking at two Republican immigration bills, and said the he "certainly wouldn’t sign the more moderate one," referring to House Speaker Paul Ryan's bill.

“I’m looking at both of them,” President Trump said.

The two bills in question are from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

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Trump told Fox and Friends that he "certainly wouldn't sign" Ryan's bill.

“I need a bill that gives this country tremendous border security,” Trump said.

Trump also said the bill had to end catch and release, as well as the visa lottery.

Additionally, Trump said, “We have to have the wall, if we don’t have the wall there’s no bill.”

Trump's comments on immigration begin around the 5:45 mark.

Trump also praised Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for their work in removing MS-13 gang members from American society.

“We’re getting MS-13 out by the thousands, but we shouldn’t have to be going into towns in Long Island and other places and getting them out," he said.  "You know it’s almost like we’re liberating towns, it’s incredible,” said Trump, who also claimed that back in February.

The number of "thousands" of MS-13 gang "animals" being arrested has been questioned by a variety of outlets.  We know that Newsweek reported just under 800 had been arrested in 2017 with a few weeks to go, but that some of those arrests were not of MS-13 gang members.  Still, it's possible that this year those arrests have continued to escalate.

According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement in April 2017,

"MS-13 has become a symbol of this plague that has spread across our country and into our communities.  There are over 30,000 members abroad with their headquarters in the El Salvadoran prison system.  According to the National Gang Intelligence Center, MS-13 now has more than 10,000 members in at least 40 states in this country – up significantly from just a few years ago."

So, if we truly are getting rid of thousands, then that is a good thing for the US.

Trump also claimed it was Democrats are responsible for the separation of families under current immigration law.

“We’re willing to change it today if they want to get in and negotiate, but they just don’t want to negotiate,” said Trump.

Trump accused Democrats of not wanting security for the country.

Trump's rejection of the Ryan bill is based on his four pillars of immigration reform that are posted on the White House website.

According to Trump, those pillars are:

The first pillar of our framework generously offers a path to citizenship for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age — that covers almost three times more people than the previous administration.  Under our plan, those who meet education and work requirements, and show good moral character, will be able to become full citizens of the United States.

The second pillar fully secures the border.  That means building a wall on the Southern border, and it means hiring more heroes like CJ to keep our communities safe.  Crucially, our plan closes the terrible loopholes exploited by criminals and terrorists to enter our country — and it finally ends the dangerous practice of “catch and release.”

The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people.  It is time to begin moving towards a merit-based immigration system — one that admits people who are skilled, who want to work, who will contribute to our society, and who will love and respect our country.

The fourth and final pillar protects the nuclear family by ending chain migration.  Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.  Under our plan, we focus on the immediate family by limiting sponsorships to spouses and minor children.  This vital reform is necessary, not just for our economy, but for our security, and our future.

Ryan's bill just doesn't do that, but we've come to expect that from Paul Ryan.  According to a “discussion draft” of the Ryan proposal, which was provided to Breitbart News:

The plan does seek a $25 billion fund for the wall, but it legalizes at least 1.8 million illegal immigrants — likely 3.6 million illegals — before any wall is built. The DACA migrants could use their legal status to apply for a green card after five years, and for citizenship later, if Congress provides the appropriated funds for the wall.

The plan trims chain migration of extended families by almost 80,000 a year, but does not set any limits on the fast-growing inflow of immigrants’ elderly parents, including the illegal-immigrant parents who brought the ‘DACA’ youths into the United States. The trimmed green cards would not be cancelled, but would be allocated to DACA migrants and to white-collar immigrants sought by business groups after the five-year waiting period.

The plan ends the visa lottery, but it preserves the current policy of giving 55,000 green cards per year to migrants — in this case, the DACA illegals — who do not have the skills which are needed to raise productivity and wages in the United States.

The Ryan plan delivers several reforms to immigration and asylum law that will close up several loopholes used by economic migrants — but it also creates new incentives for more migrants to try to get into the United States, even before the November elections.

Additionally, it was reported by the Associated Press that shortly after President Trump's rejection of the Ryan bill, that the House won't take on the issue of immigration since Trump is not on board.

Well, I didn't hear him say that he was not on board.  He simply said he was not on board with Ryan's plan.  He didn't say one way or the other about Goodlatte's bill.

If Congress is serious about immigration, then they should look at what he has said he will sign and what he won't.  If they aren't going to include those things, there is no reason to send a bill to the White House, but then we'll just be looking at another sell out later this year in regards to spending, won't we?

After all, no one is going cut funds to the military, or too many government employees, or security for foreign countries, are they?

I do hope Trump will stick to his guns and later this year actually engage a government shutdown, but I'm not holding my breath on that any more than I did the last time he caved or all those times Republicans caved to Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah.

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