WASHINGTON—After giving Congress two weeks to act, President Donald Trump said Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will start deporting a "lot of people" after Independence Day.
"After July 4th, a lot of people are going to be brought back out. So people that come up may be here for a short while, but they're going to be back to their countries," he said during a bill signing in the Oval Office on July 1.
“Our laws are so bad and it can be changed in—I always say 15 minutes; make it an hour. It’s very simple," Trump said.
However there are fundamental differences between Republicans and Democrats on the direction talks on illegal immigration should take.
When asked about fixing U.S. immigration laws last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) talked about protecting Dreamers, illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children, and decriminalizing the act of crossing the border illegally.
"You just cannot say—and there's a disagreement—that anybody coming across the border is breaking the law. Not until there's been a determination as to whether they can stay or not," she said during a June 27 press briefing.
Most Republicans want to fortify the southern border, decrease the number of fraudulent asylum claims, and make it easier to deport people once a judge determines they're not eligible to remain in the country.
July 6 will mark two weeks since Trump said he would delay the deportation push.