Donald Trump Appears to Defend Family Separation Policy on Twitter

Minnie Murray
June 25, 2018

Speaking on ABC's "This Week", Bossert predicted that Trump's executive order ending the family separations will not stand up in court because a judge had ruled in 2015 that even detaining parents and children together is "inhumane". But it is unclear whether they can win sufficient support for that legislation either.

He ended the tweet by saying "strong borders, no crime!"

In a tweet Sunday, Mr. Trump raised the stakes, implying that he would like to further curb the legal rights of illegal immigrants, writing: "We can not allow all of these people to invade our Country". Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday that the US immigration system is "laughed at all over the world" and is "very unfair" to individuals using legal avenues to gain entry.

Some congressional Republicans facing tough re-election races are more ambivalent about how much to highlight the issue.

Nor was it clear whether any immigrant children who had been transferred to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department for longer-term custody had yet rejoined their families. Today, he said USA immigration policy was "laughed at all over the world".

"Here, I think he is making it clear, he just doesn't want anybody here".

But in other districts, lawmakers are lining up behind Mr. Trump's rhetoric.

A new CBS poll underscored the Republican dilemma on the issue. Democrats, however, say Trump administration practices - including the detention of children in cage-like facilities - are cruel and inhumane and will resonate with voters.

But the controversy raging over the issue has persuaded many lawmakers they have to look like they are addressing the subject now.

"I think what we need is to create policies which deal with immigration in a rational way", Sanders said.

Immigration advocates pushed back on the comments. The White House struggled to defend the policy in the wake of backlash like the kind seen in the aftermath of the travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries.

In the last week, the Trump administration triggered bipartisan backlash by implementing a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border crossings, charging all individuals who cross the border illegally with unlawful entry.

Instead, Republican blockades against ending deportations of young immigrants brought to the US illegally as children were major news earlier this year.

The call to abandon due process Sunday in some ways echoed part of his executive order, which seeks to detain immigrant families indefinitely, a stance that courts have said violates the rights of the children.

The fight over immigration reform on Capitol Hill continues Friday.

Late Saturday night, a DHS statement said 522 children out of more than 2,500 had already been reunited since the policy began. In recent days, the focus has shifted to the Trump administration's wrenching of migrant children from their parents. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said Sunday.

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