Trump backs merit-based immigration at CPAC

March 3, 2019 GMT

President Donald Trump backed merit-based immigration of people who love the U.S., rather than an open-borders type of system. Without giving names, he also said that there are individuals serving in Congress who hate America.

Immigrants must enter the country legally and immigration must be decided on “merit, merit, merit,” the president said in a Saturday speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Trump criticized individuals on the left who want to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement and want to grant amnesty to people who immigrated illegally. Rather, he said that border control is an important part of his agenda.


The president warned that illegal immigration creates a crime problem and said that coming here illegally amounts to an “invasion.” He said that it is time to shut down sanctuary cities, which are cities that do not enforce immigration laws, end catch and release, end chain migration and cancel the visa lottery.

Additionally, Trump defended his national emergency declaration to get money to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico and criticized those who disagreed that he had the power to do that. Democratic leadership opposed him, and a handful of Republicans opposed it, as well.

“You know I’m building the wall,” Trump said, which was reciprocated with “build the wall” chants from the crowd.

Trump called illegal immigration inhumane, unjust and cruel, and pointed out that a large number of women who immigrate illegally are sexually assaulted or raped.