On Saturday morning, President Trump said Democrats could help fix a major immigration problem along the southern border, but they are unwilling to cooperate with their Republican counterparts in Congress.
In a tweet, Trump blamed Democrats for children being torn away from their parents – an unintended consequence after immigration enforcement officers arrest their parents for breaking immigration laws.
He subsequently said Democrats are “good at only three things.”
“Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!” Trump said. “This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!”
Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2018
On Friday afternoon, Trump similarly pitted the blame on the Democrat Party for problems at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda,” Trump said in a tweet. “Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!”
The Democrats are forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda. Any Immigration Bill MUST HAVE full funding for the Wall, end Catch & Release, Visa Lottery and Chain, and go to Merit Based Immigration. Go for it! WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
As Washington Examiner reports, children separated from their parents are taken into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services:
The Trump administration has also backed Trump’s comments, and said Friday that Democrats are to blame for the “separation for American families due to loved ones lost to illegal alien crime.”
The comments come after the Trump administration’s new zero-tolerance policy to prosecute all illegal immigrants was recently implemented after apprehensions for illegal immigrants on the Southwest border reached more than 50,000 for three months in a row.
DHS officials verified Friday that nearly 2,000 minors were taken away from accompanying adults while attempting to enter the U.S. between ports of entry between April 19 and May 31.
Minors who are split from their families as a result of the zero-tolerance policy will be housed by Health and Human Services.
The separations have garnered criticisms from people on both sides of the aisle, but Trump claims only Republicans are working towards a solution.
Media heads like MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough the zero-tolerance policy and the separation of the children from their parents were likened to that of Nazi’s separating children from their parents during the Second World War.
“I know children are being ripped from their mother’s arms, even while they’re being breast-fed,” Scarborough said, as Washington Examiner reports. “I know children are being marched away to showers, marched away to showers.”
“Just like the Nazis said that they were taking people to the showers, and then they never came back,” the liberal host added. “You think they would use another trick like, ‘Hey, got a Slurpee room over there, we’re going to take them to get a Slurpee.’ That would be better than we’re marching them to the showers and we’ll be right back, and they never come back.”
Both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security condemned the comments.
“It is appalling that Joe Scarborough would compare sworn federal law enforcement officers — who put their lives on the line every day to keep American people safe — to Nazis,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said, per the report. “This is the type of inflammatory and unacceptable rhetoric that puts a target on the backs of our great law enforcement.”
“When American citizens break the law, they are separated from their children and prosecuted. It’s unclear why Scarborough believes that illegal aliens are entitled to more rights than those afforded to American citizens,” the White House spokesman added.
An official from the DHS similarly condemned the comments.
“They’re being called Nazis for doing their job. That’s obviously — and I think most of you would agree — totally inappropriate, hyperbolic, over-the-line, insensitive, disrespectful, and something that should be apologized for,” the official said in response to Scarborough.
“We’ll be waiting for that apology. I have a feeling we’ll have to wait a while,” he also said.