Washington- President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended the “zero tolerance” policy leading to thousands of migrant families being split on the US border as the only effective way to fight illegal immigration.
Speaking to a gathering of small business owners, he said, “I don’t want children taken away from parents,” but added: “When you prosecute the parents for coming in illegally, which should happen, you have to take the children away.”
“We don’t have to prosecute them, but then we are not prosecuting them for coming in illegally. That’s not good.”
According to US officials more than 2300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration announced its “zero tolerance” policy, a push to arrest and charge anyone illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, including those seeking asylum.
The separation is due to the fact that children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are being held, then they are separated from them.
Widespread criticism from rights groups, Christian evangelicals, former US first ladies and some within the president’s own Republican party, are demanding an immediate end to the family separations.
As seen in the past Trump has remained defiant and has vowed that America will not become a “migrant camp”.
Trump told the gathering, “We don’t want people pouring into our country,”
“We want ultimately a merit-based system where people come in based on merit.”
Trump even accused the media of helping human traffickers and said US will combat smugglers who he said “game the system,”
“Those who apply for asylum legally at ports of entry are not prosecuted. The fake news media back there doesn’t talk about that,” he continued
“They are fake,” he said. “They are helping these smugglers and these traffickers like nobody would believe.”
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