Trump's tough demand to end that legal process would face stiff opposition in Congress, which for years has been stalemated on changes to USA immigration policies and unable to enact new migration laws.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2018.Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!
Johnson acknowledged in the interview that the U.S. demand for drugs fueled instability in Central America and contributed to migration trends, but indicated repeatedly that policies like DACA incentivized people to enter the U.S. illegally.
Since May 2017, the Trump administration has reportedly been considering expanding the policy to allow for the immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants anywhere in the country who can not prove they have lived in the US continuously for more than 90 days.
He said it would address border security, protections for "Dreamers", family migration and the separation of children from their parents.
The president buckled to the pressure on Wednesday, issuing an executive order that ended the separations. Critics in Trump's Republican Party, as well as his wife and daughter, urged him to abandon the policy. "That is what the American people want, and a path towards citizenship for people who are undocumented". "We want a merit-based system", Trump said.
He has criticized immigration judges for weeks, saying they were not effective in stopping the flow of people coming into the country, sometimes using incorrect numbers to make his point.
U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said immigrants have a right to seek asylum and have a hearing.
President Donald Trump spoke during a roundtable at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday.
"What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional", said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, have both said more judges are needed along the border to handle the influx of immigrants and cases as a result of the "zero tolerance" policy.
As he hits the road to support Republican candidates in November's mid-term elections, the president has returned to a signature issue that powered his 2016 campaign for the White House.