Donald Trump Rips Democrats for Tweeting Border Pictures from 2014

Donald Trump Rips Democrats for Tweeting Border Pictures from 2014

Donald Trump Rips Democrats for Tweeting Border Pictures from 2014

President Trump slammed Democrats on Tuesday for sharing photos of children in enclosed cages near the U.S. -Mexico border and blaming the administration's immigration policy when the photos were taken before Mr. Trump took office.

On Saturday, President Donald Trump muddied the issue further by tweeting that parents and children were being separated at the border because of a "horrible law".

McCain said those blunders were bad because they gave political capital to their opponents, but co-host Joy Behar said the post was insensitive to immigrant families separated by controversial US policies.

"We need to change the law so families arriving illegally can be sent home swiftly, and so there can be an actual border protecting the country, and protecting American communities", he said.

Jon Favreau, who worked as a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, tweeted, "This is happening right now, and the only debate that matters is how we force our government to get these kids back to their families as fast as humanly possible". Most of those Twitter users subsequently deleted their tweets.

The Trump administration has a response to the recent revelation that the government lost track of almost 1,500 undocumented minors: more detention centers, quicker deportations, and more intrusive vetting for sponsors who sign up to act as fosters for the so-called "undocumented alien children", or UACs.

"If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned earlier this month. In many cases, children are placed with family members, and that can include relatives who are in the country illegally themselves. 'The Democrat's solution would be to let everyone go, and that is not something the administration can responsibly do'. Critics, including some Republican lawmakers, have, however, insisted this is more about humanity and accountability than just legal responsibility, and that "these kids, regardless of their immigration status, deserve to be treated properly, not abused or trafficked".

Enter a June 2014 online story by The Arizona Republic titled "First peek: Immigrant children flood detention center". It's more accurate to say the government lost track of them, as Bharara put it.

Ms Trump tweeted the picture on Sunday, local time - less than a month after her father's administration said it would step up efforts to tighten immigration enforcements, in part by separating children of illegal immigrants from parents facing prosecution.

The White House on Tuesday wrongly blamed Democrats for forcing Trump's administration to separate children from parents.

Jonathan Rath Hoffman, chief spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, described the Trump administration's determination to prosecute parents as a continuation of Obama-era measures.

But there is no law requiring parents and children to be separated.

In a statement, Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for HHS' Administration for Children and Families, said that the agency has "an existing network of approximately 100 shelters in 14 states" and that "additional temporary housing is only sought as a last resort when current locations are reaching capacity".

To Joseph Kolb, executive director of the Southwest Gang Information Center, the newfound media concern over the government's record on unaccompanied children is perplexing.

This has been a persistent allegation, but the fact is these 1,475 children arrived at the southwest border on their own and were, in USA government parlance, "unaccompanied alien children" (UACs).

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