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“It takes time to build out of the depths of cruelty that the administration before us established,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said.
The White House says pausing immigration and a variety of temporary work visas will help respond to job losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Former Vice President Joe Biden called the president’s remarks “a grotesque choice of lies over truth and self over the country.”
The secretary of state accused House Democrats of trying to “intimidate” and “bully” State Department officials by asking them give depositions over the growing Ukraine scandal.
The Trump administration is seeking to fine some immigrants in the country illegally hundreds of thousands of dollars for failing to follow court’s directions so they can be removed.
The administration is seeking to ramp up deportation, focusing on those who have skipped court hearings.