A few minutes ago Trump gave an immigration speech, focusing on what they are doing with respect to the migrant caravan invasion headed for the southern border as well as what they are doing (or not doing) with respect to illegal immigration.
He also took questions from the press at the end.
Watch the full speech below:
If you want to skip the speech and just listen to his Q&A with reporters, then skip to the 21:00 minute mark.
Here’s a few highlights from his speech (there may be some overlap):
President Trump says we have a "crisis at our southern border."— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 1, 2018
"We will not allow our generosity to be abused by those who would break our laws ... mass, uncontrolled immigration is especially unfair to the many wonderful law-abiding immigrants" https://t.co/8Qs95zmCCG pic.twitter.com/qgq4UI2TuD
"Asylum is not a program for those living in poverty," Pres. Trump says. "There are billions of people living at the poverty level. The United States cannot possibly absorb them all." https://t.co/tmF0kgXoLV pic.twitter.com/9mxj2KcS5w— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2018
(WITH VIDEO) “These illegal caravans will not be allowed into the United States and they should turn back now because they are wasting their time. They should apply to come into our country,” President Trump says pic.twitter.com/wIf4CVMxih— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 1, 2018
Trump on ending the so-called “catch and release” of deportable immigrants: “We are not releasing anymore. … They are going to stay with us until the deportation hearing” pic.twitter.com/ax5lfHlGf9— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 1, 2018
“Once they arrive, the Democrat Party's vision is to offer them free healthcare, free welfare, free education and even the right to vote… My administration is finalizing a plan to end the rampant abuse of our asylum system,” the president said of the Central American caravan pic.twitter.com/7ywMLYyiwj— POLITICO (@politico) November 1, 2018
On whether the military at southern border might fire on migrants, Pres Trump says "I hope not."— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 1, 2018
"I hope there won't be that, but I will tell you this – anybody throwing rocks... we will consider that a firearm, because there's not much difference." https://t.co/RWynP2ZC9H pic.twitter.com/03yBEPmHPv
President Donald Trump says he will issue an executive order "some time next week" and says “it will be quite comprehensive” pic.twitter.com/N6Lu3ayDXj— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 1, 2018