Donald Trump Rips Democrats for Tweeting Border Pictures from 2014

Geneva Stokes
May 30, 2018

The president called for Congress to draft a Summer immigration bill to address the ongoing problems at the border.

Over Memorial Day weekend, President Trump tweeted that people should "put pressure on the Democrats to end the awful law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S".

But "these protections and these procedures ... were all created to make sure that these kids get fair access to the USA immigration system, so they can ask us for protection in a way that recognizes that they're kids, first and foremost, and that they aren't the same as adults", McKenna countered.

Favreau said Tuesday he later deleted the tweet after social media users pointed out that the photos were taken during the Obama administration.

CNN previously reported the United States government had lost track of nearly 1,500 unaccompanied immigrant children it placed in sponsors' homes previous year.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly told CNN in March that he was considering separating families at the border to dissuade migrants from crossing the border illegally, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in early May that anyone found crossing the border illegally would be prosecuted and face possible separation from their children. In some cases, sponsors simply didn't respond to the follow-up phone call, not surprising because many are themselves in the USA illegally and reluctant to speak to authorities.

He is right about the misrepresentation, though it's not clear that many prominent Democrats jumped on this particular Twitter bandwagon.

HHS has made it a practice to make phone calls to check in on the minor's placement. They're anxious any legislation that smacks of "amnesty" for immigrants in the USA illegally would dampen conservative enthusiasm ahead of the midterms.

While this photo may not be from the time of Trump's presidency, the discourse surrounding immigration has been tense.

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Her organization estimates that "more than 600 kids in the last two weeks (since the policy went into effect) have been separated from their parents".

There have been reports that since October about 700 children crossing the U.S. -Mexico border have been separated from their parents. If the current system doesn't do a good job of keeping track of children, why would a new approach that separates children from their unauthorized-immigrant parents as a matter of policy adequately handle the children in its care?

This is what Trump and this administration do not understand about immigration.

It's not highly unusual to fail to keep track of many minors who came unaccompanied to the border.

The White House on Tuesday wrongly blamed Democrats for forcing Trump's administration to separate children from parents. More recently, he caused an uproar when he appeared to dismiss experts' warnings that separating children from their parents inflicts emotional and psychological damage to the kids, saying they'll "be taken care of - put into foster care or whatever".

The number of separated minors is expected to jump once Trump's new "zero tolerance" policy is enacted.

In recent months, the average time children spent at HHS shelters increased from 51 to 56 days, according to the agency's latest statistics.

The problem with Romney's idea is that it assumed the government could accomplish this goal by standing in the way of undocumented immigrants finding jobs, when the reality is that a lot of them make money doing low-pay, low-skill work (farm labor, child care for individual families, housekeeping) that is notoriously hard to monitor for compliance with laws precluding the hiring of such workers.

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