Trump justifies separation of children from migrant parents

Elias Hubbard
June 20, 2018

"We're following the current debate closely and awaiting the specifics of the proposed legislation meant to address these and other concerns related to immigration reform and border security".

Trump, however, didn't stick to immigration in the basement huddle, veering to fighter jet contracts, the opioid crisis, taxes, military funding, trade and more; he also reportedly revived his campaign-era line about being able to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose popularity among his base. He did not elaborate.

"Thousands of children are being forcibly removed from their parents by our government".

ProPublica spoke to her aunt, who said Alison had fled gang violence in El Salvador and had been travelling to the United States for a month.

As he prepared to head to Congress on Tuesday afternoon to debate the "zero tolerance" policy introduced in April, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will sue the Trump administration "for violating the Constitutional rights of immigrant children and their families who have been separated at the border". Who are these people? "Can you imagine the graft that must take place?" The president said his administration wants safety and security for the country. "I don't want to try people. I don't want people coming in", he declared.

Trump then went over to the Trump International Hotel for a fundraiser with super PAC America First Action. "Mexico does nothing for us", charged Trump.

"In the name of the Mexican government and people, I want to express our most categorical and energetic condemnation of this cruel and inhuman policy", Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said at a news conference.

As Mr Trump walked out of the closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement, he was confronted by about a half-dozen House Democrats, who yelled, "Stop separating our families!"

And the president stuck to his guns yesterday, saying that the problem is migrants who bring their kids to the border but that Congress can resolve the issue.

Representative Kristi Noem said Mr Trump told politicians he "would continue to support the legislation, and that people shouldn't be anxious that he would change his mind".

But while 66 percent in a Quinnipiac poll say they oppose the family separation policy, 55 percent of Republicans are backing Trump's stance.

The president also accused illegal immigrants of endangering the lives of their children by sending them unaccompanied to the US. It is not clear that either piece of legislation has enough votes to win passage.

"All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing on the news, children in tears pulled away from their mothers and fathers", Cruz said.

President Donald Trump has doubled down on his tough immigration rhetoric, vowing to keep arresting illegal immigrants and blaming Democrats for wanting illegal immigrants to pour in as their potential voters.

Trump counselled that America must always arrest people coming into the country illegally; noting that, "Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very risky trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our country illegally on numerous occasions". An audio from one facility, obtained by ProPublica, features kids crying out for their parents as a U.S. Border Patrol agent jokes about an "orchestra" of wailing children. Another Republican governor, Massachusetts' Charlie Baker, dropped his offer the previous day to send troops to the border.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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