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Trump doubles down on immigration policy, says media is helping traffickers

Trump speaking on Immigration
Trump speaking on immigration to the National Federation of Independent Business. Screenshot via WhiteHouse.gov

President Trump doubled down on the administration's immigration policy removing children from their parents after they illegally cross the border in a spirited speech to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The big picture: Trump showed no backing down from the immigration policy despite public pushes from citizens and lawmakers to do so. Trump said, under current law, there are only two policy options. Either have "totally open borders or criminal prosecution." The policy should be a "merit based system," he said.