President Donald Trump has doubled down on his demand that illegal border crossers be deported immediately, protesting that immigration laws in the United States are "the dumbest anywhere in the world."
"When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering," the president said in a tweet Saturday while at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The president's demand also resembled his previous that immigrants caught crossing the southern border illegally be immediately deported without due process.
Trump also highlighted Republicans' platform for “strong borders and no crime,” as thousands of protesters rallied across the country for the reunion of parents and children separated under his zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Tens of thousands of protesters took part in more than 700 nationwide marches around the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and New York to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.
Some protesters showed up around Trump’s golf course in Bedminster, where he is spending the weekend, carrying signs that read, “Do you know where our children are?” and “Even the Trump family belongs together.
Trump signed an executive order last week to end the separation practice, but hundreds of families still remain separated in detention centers.
Immigration authorities are arguing that a court order preventing family separation gives them the legal power to detain families indefinably.
In federal court on Friday night, the Justice Department filed an announcement that it is now keeping families in detention while their immigration cases are processed. That could mean months of detention for some asylum seekers, experts say.
The announcement came after US District Judge Dana Sabraw issued a ruling on Tuesday which barred the administration from separating more families and ordered officials to reunite the 2,000 remaining separated children with their parents within 30 days.
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