US President Donald Trump said that "millions of people" who are waiting for legal immigration to America will be admitted soon. Addressing an election rally in North Carolina on Friday, Trump strongly stated that he wants "a strong border".
"A vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders and a vote for tax hikes...I think I would be a failed politician if I had to really promote open borders. Everybody comes in...We pay for all of the things we just went over," he said.
With a view to justifying the deployment of military on the on the southern border near Mexico to stop a caravan of several thousand people from Latin American to enter the US illegally, he said:
"I want them to come into our country, but they have to come in legally and they have to come in through merit system."
A caravan of people, estimated to be between 5,000 and 7,000 from three Latin American countries is headed for the US. They are from:
"We have millions and millions of people right now online, they have been waiting, sometimes (since) 10 years...they did it right...they signed every paper. They are waiting proudly online. They are going to be admitted soon," Trump said.
He said it is unfair to those who are waiting for years to have people just walk across a border. Slamming the Democratic leadership for their open-door policy on immigration, Trump said, "Their laws are no good...we have laws that are the laughingstock of the world because of the Democrats."
Under the existing policy, illegal immigrants are caught and released, he said, adding that the system of visa lottery and chain migration also do not make any sense.
Earlier in the month, US President Donald Trump has alleged that his predecessor Barack Obama had done nothing despite being advised by the FBI on likely Russian meddling in the 2016 Presidential elections. He was responding to a question on the Russian meddling in the US elections after a rally in Nevada on October 20, ahead of next month's midterm polls.
Russia, however, has denied the allegations.
"I've already said that. I always say this you've heard me say this many times... President Obama was contacted by the FBI in September, long before the election in November, and they told him there may be meddling by the Russians, and he did nothing about it because he thought Hillary Clinton would win," Trump told reporters.
(With inputs from PTI)