In remarks to reporters on the south lawn of the White House on Friday, President Trump urged newly-empowered House Democrats to work with him to help fix the broken immigration system.

“I just signed the proclamation on asylum,” Trump said, referring to an executive order forbidding migrants who cross the border illegally from claiming refuge. “Very important. People can come in, but they have to come in through the ports of entry, and that, to me, is a very important thing.

“Again,” he continued, “I reiterate we need Democrats’ votes. They have to pass new immigration laws, because they’re flooding our country. We’re not letting them in, but they’re trying to flood our country. We need the wall. We’re building the wall, but we need it all built at one time and quickly. We need Democrat support on new immigration laws to bring us up to date. The laws are obsolete, and they’re incompetent. They are the worst laws any country has anywhere in the world, and it’s only because we don’t have the Democrats’ votes.”

President Trump insisted that he was not opposed to immigration, but that it was essential to delineate a difference between legal, merit-based migration into the country and the illegal free-for-all that we see happening at the border these days.

“We want people to come in through the merit system so that they can work for all of these great companies that I have coming into our country. We have many car companies coming in. We have many tech companies coming in. We have literally hundreds of companies moving back into the United States. We need people,” Trump said. “We need people in our country, but they have to come in legally, and they have to have merit. They have to come in through a system of merit. We have everything worked out. We need some votes from the Democrats, or we need support from the Democrats, and hopefully they see what’s going on.”

Oh, they see what’s going on, and they have no interest whatsoever doing anything to stop it. Perhaps the tone will be a little different when you’re talking about red state Democrats who just picked up House seats in places where Trump won by a considerable margin, but we really doubt it. As long as the Democratic Party sees political expediency in letting riff-raff from all over the world flood our cities, they’re going to keep blocking sensible legislation that would put an end to the crisis.

And when it comes to the next two years, the party appears to be much more interested in pursuing phony investigations than they do in actually running the country.