President Trump, “The US Will Not Be ‘Migrant Camp'”
Monday, facing some outrage from Democrats and some Republicans over the forced separation of migrant children and parents at the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump dug in, again blaming Democrats and declaring he would keep the US from becoming “a migrant camp.”
President Trump continued to cast blame on Democrats Monday. “I say it’s very strongly the Democrats’ fault,” he said at the White House.
“The United States will not be a ‘migrant camp’ and it will not be a refugee holding facility,” he added. “Not on my watch.”
Homeland Security Secretary (HSS) Kirstjen Nielsen rejected criticism accusing her department of inhuman and immoral actions.
“We are doing none of those things. We are enforcing the laws passed by Congress,” she said in an appearance before the National Sheriffs’ Association in New Orleans. Like President Trump, she called on Congress to reform immigration laws.
Nielsen said that releasing parents with their children amounts to a “get out of jail free card” policy for those in the country illegally.
She when on to say that the children are being well taken care of in every way better than they have ever been.
Speaking at the same conference, Sessions echoed Nielsen’s defense of the policy, and called on Congress to act.
“We do not want to separate parents from their children,” AG Sessions said. “If we build the wall, if we pass legislation to end the lawlessness, we will not face these terrible choices.”
Monday, President Trump asserted that children “are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth” as a way to enter the United States.
He Tweeted: “Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border,” calling it “historic.”
First Lady Melania Trump, who has tended to stay out of contentious policy debates, waded into the issue. Her spokeswoman said that Mrs. Trump believes “we need to be a country that follows all laws,” but also one “that governs with heart.”
“Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said.
President Trump plans to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to discuss pending immigration legislation amid the election-season debate over what has been one of his favorite issues.
The House is expected to vote this week on a bill pushed by conservatives that may not have enough support to pass, and a compromise measure with Key proposals supported by the President.
The White House has said President Trump would sign either one.
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