UPDATED 7:47 AM PT — Mon. June 18, 2018
President Trump is calling on Congress to change the laws as lawmakers scramble to come up with a solution to America’s broken immigration system.
In a series of tweets Monday, the president blamed Democrats for weak an ineffective border security.
He said the left needs to start taking into account the American communities that have been devastated by widespread crime due to criminal illegal immigrants.
He then asked why democrats don’t back legislation to fix the “worlds worst immigration laws,” and questioned why there is zero outcry over “killings and crime caused by illegal immigrant gangs such as MS-13.
Why don’t the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world’s worst immigration laws? Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
The president’s comments come as the House is set to vote on two key immigration reform bills this week.
The lower chamber will hold a vote on Tuesday for the moderate compromise bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Goodlatte bill, which has been largely praised among hard line conservatives.
Both bills would increase border security, grant funding for the president’s border wall, and offer some form of amnesty to DACA recipients.
The White House has stated the president will support either bill.
Meanwhile in the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the upper-chamber will only look at immigration reform legislation if it makes it through the House.