Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

I just signed the proclamation on asylum. Very important. People can come in, but they have to come in through the ports of entry. And that, to me, is a very important thing. Again, I reiterate we needs Democrats’ votes. They have to pass new immigration laws, because they’re flooding our country. We’re not letting them in, but they’re trying to flood our country. We need the wall; we’re building the wall. But we need it all built at one time, and quickly. It’s very important.

We need Democrat support on new immigration laws to bring us up to date. The laws are obsolete and they’re incompetent. They are the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world. And it’s only because we don’t have the Democrats’ votes. So we need Democrat vote so we can change immigration, and we’ll have no trouble whatsoever at the border. We want people to come into our country, but they have to come into our country legally. They have to come into our country legally.

We want people to come in through the merit system so that they can work for all of these great companies that I have coming into our country. We have many car companies coming in. We have many tech companies coming in. We have literally hundreds of companies moving back into the United States. We need people. We need to have — you see the unemployment numbers are at record lows. We need people in our country, but they have to come in legally, and they have to have merit. They have to come in through a system of merit. We have everything worked out. We need some votes from the Democrats, or we need support from the Democrats, and hopefully they see what’s going on.

And the reason this is happening is we’ve created such a successful country, economically, that everybody is flooding into our country, or they want to. But we’re stopping them at the border. And that’s why we have our great military there.

Q (Inaudible) sign an executive order on birthright citizenship this week. Why did that not happen?

THE PRESIDENT: We’re working. Well, because other things have come up, and we will be signing it soon.

Q Was it a political stunt?

THE PRESIDENT: No, no, no. Oh, we’re signing it. We’re doing it. And it’ll probably work its way up to the Supreme Court. Birthright citizenship probably works its way up to the Supreme Court. It will be signed. We wanted a perfect document. And because of the election and all of the delays in the election, and whatever is going on in Broward County — remember the word, “Broward County.”