Amid outrage over children, White House defends immigration policy

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2018

Trump, whose promise to crack down on illegal immigration has been a major theme of his campaign and presidency, responded sharply to critics on Monday.

"You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States".

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility", he added.

Stefanie Herweck stands with other protesters in front of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector's Centralized Processing Center on Sunday, June 17, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.

An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a USA immigration facility took centre stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

"I say it's very strongly the Democrats fault." he said.

Mrs Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws", but also one "that governs with heart". It has resulted in nearly 2,000 children being separated from their families at the US-Mexico border over six weeks, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Representative Adam Schiff said the practice was "deeply unethical" and that Republicans' refusal to criticise Mr Trump represented a "sad degeneration" of the party, which he said had become "the party of lies".

"Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"

Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen outlined how they determine whether adults and children should be separated, saying it can depend on if familial relation cannot be determined or the adult is involved in human smuggling. Out of these, immigration is the second lowest, next to health care, an issue where Democrats have historically had an advantage in polling. She said gangs were everywhere in El Salvador: "They're on the buses".

"So we want a safe country. And it starts with the borders and that's the way it is", he asserted.

The policy was announced as a deterrence measure in May by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump has repeatedly called for the merit-based system to reduce overall immigration to the US.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition".

He cited immigration for causing political instability in Germany and said that crime in Germany was "way up".

"Well, here we have an orchestra", a Border Patrol agent says in Spanish over the sounds of sobs. "These images are eerily reminiscent of the Japanese American internment camps of World War II, now considered to have been one of the most shameful episodes in US history", Bush wrote.

Former first lady Laura Bush called the policy "cruel" and "immoral," and said it was "eerily reminiscent" of the US internment of Americans of Japanese descent during World War II.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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