WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump says that so-called chain migration provides “a gateway for terrorism.” He made the comment as he sat down Thursday with Republican senators to talk about immigration.
Lawmakers have been trying to hammer out a deal on how to extend legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children after Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year.
Trump says any deal would need to include funding for his border wall, more money for immigration enforcement, an overhaul of the family-based immigration system, which he and critics have referred to as “chain migration,” and an end to the diversity visa lottery.
Trump says he would “love to take care of DACA, but we’re only going to do it under these conditions.”
Trump also says he hopes the overhaul will attract Democratic support.