WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said on Monday he would not allow the United States to become a “migrant camp” as his administration faced a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border.
Democrats and some in the Republican Party have lashed out at the administration for separating nearly 2,000 children from their parents at the border between mid-April and the end of May. Some medical professionals have said the practice could cause childhood trauma that could have lasting affects.
The family separations ‘policy’ are the result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” that US Attorney general Jeff Sessions announced last month. The policy arrests all adults who are caught trying to enter the United States illegally across the Mexican border including those seeking asylum.
Trump said in White House, “The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won’t be. 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, not on my watch.”
Trump seems to want to use the outrage caused by family separations to get some immigration priorities that have become stagnant in Congress, such as funding for his long-promised controversial wall along the Mexican border.
Trump has blamed the Democrats for the deadlock but Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said this is the president doing he said, ” this has been done by the president, not Democrats. He can fix it tomorrow if he wants to, and if he doesn’t want to, he should own up to the fact that he’s doing it.”
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