Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway Tuesday, after reporters met during a no-cameras-allowed luncheon at the White House to discuss President Donald Trump's upcoming Oval Office address, said the president does support immigration, but only if it's legal.
"We have a humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border," Conway told Fox News' Harris Faulkner on "Outnumbered Overtime." "Traditionally over the past however many years, the vast mass majority of those trying to cross into this country illegally have been single males from Mexico. Now we have this sudden increase among family units and unaccompanied children, coming from the northern triangle countries. It's a very dangerous journey for them."
Trump is urging parents not to send them on the journey north to the United States or to take them, as it's a dangerous trip, said Conway.
"You're being promised things by coyotes who are taking your money and perhaps worse," she said. "You're being promised things that can't be delivered upon."
Instead, migrants should come to one of the six legal ports of entry and apply for asylum, she said.
"Mexico has offered to give them work visas and safe passage while that claim is being processed," said Conway.
Trump does support many things Democrats want with border security, she added, including more technology, personnel and detection ability.
Conway also discussed the deaths of two migrant children, who died while in U.S. custody, calling them "tragic."
"We don't want anybody to take that perilous journey in the first place," she said. "We want them to come here legally . . . these children are coming here by themselves or as (part of) family units. They're being promised things that simply don't exist."
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