As US President Donald Trump pulls back from threats to close the border with Mexico, sources reveal that his son–in-law, Jared Kushner, is working on a plan that aims to increase legal immigration.
Citing four people involved in discussions, Politico reported Wednesday that the White House senior adviser has been “quietly” working to expand legal immigration into the United States.
President Trump, who had threatened to close the border with Mexico over influx of immigrants from Central and South America, said on Tuesday evening that Mexico is cooperating in apprehending migrants.
Trump claimed that for the "first time in decades," Mexico has "apprehended over a thousand people."
“I really wanted to close it. But now Mexico is saying, ‘No, no, no.’ First time in decades. ‘We will not let anybody get through.’ And they’ve apprehended over a thousand people at the southern border, their southern border. And they’re bringing them back to their countries," Trump said during remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual spring dinner.
Four days after issuing a firm threat to shut down the U.S. southern border as soon as this week, President Donald Trump was far less definitive in a recent speech. @JonKarl has the latest. https://t.co/Gv6VTTzjmz pic.twitter.com/8mcHoh3agb— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 3, 2019
According to Politico, the president personally asked Kushner to come up with the plan to boost legal immigration.
“The effort began in January when Kushner started to convene a series of meetings with dozens of advocacy groups, including business and agriculture organizations. Some, though not all of them, openly support the expansion of legal immigration. It has continued in recent weeks with a smaller four-person White House working group led by Kushner, and could generate a proposal for Congress by summer,” read the report.
Despite his relentless focus on a border wall, Trump has so far failed to build one and make Mexico pay for it.