President Donald Trump accuses the Democrats of his government's controversial new policy of removing children from their parents who illegally travel with them to the United States on the southern border, which deters the White House as a deterrent to illegal immigration.
The President's criticism of the "terrible" policy comes less than a month after US Justice Secretary Jeff Sessions has announced a "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings. "If you smuggle a child, we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, as the law requires," he warned.
The president's efforts to divert the blame also go against politics in the midst of a backlash on social media.
In a Twitter post on Saturday, Trump accused the Democrats of protecting violent MS-13 gang members who illegally broke through the Mexican and Central American borders.
"Pressure on the Democrats to put an end to the terrible law that separates children from their parents as soon as they cross the border into the US Catch and release, lottery and chain must also go along and we MUST continue the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS, "Trump wrote in his tweet.
Pressure on Democrats to end the terrible law that separates children from their parents as soon as they cross the US border. Catch and release, lottery and chain must go too, and we MUST continue to build the WALL! DEMOCRATS PROTECT MS-13 THUGS
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
In April, a New York Times study estimated that more than 700 children, including 100 under the age of 4, were brought by their parents on the southern border since October, citing officials of the Federal Ministry of Internal Security.
The US government places these children in the homes of sponsors or caregivers.
"The children are being cared for – in foster care or whatever," said John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, in an interview with NPR on May 11.
While testifying before a Senate Subcommittee on April 26, Steven said Wagner, deputy secretary of the Child and Family Administration, said that the Refugee Refugee Office was unable to give an account of the whereabouts of 1,475 migrant children he had placed.
Alarming news about unregistered children was preceded by a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union border dispute. The US Customs and Border Guard agents abused and neglected more than 100 unaccompanied migrant children between 2009 and 2014 under their care administration of former President Barack Obama.
The ACLU report also accused the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties of the Agency of "failing to fully investigate, let alone correct, the monstrous maltreatment and neglect of migrant children".
Trump's tweet came a day after Republican Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Had attacked his immigration policy of separating children and parents.
"There are many ways to describe the @realDonaldTrump policy of kidnapping borderline children from their parents, it's against human rights, it's un-American, it would shock Jesus, but I think it's the most appropriate way to describe that is: The policy is evil, "tweeted Lieu.
There are many ways to describe the @realDonaldTrump policy of tearing children away from their parents on the border.
-It violates human rights.
-It is un-American.
-It would shock Jesus.
But I think the most appropriate way to describe it is this:
-The policy is evil. https://t.co/RQ3x7ZGhUx
– Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 26, 2018
The new policy was also panned by celebrities in social media around with the hashtag #WhereAreTheChildren.
"I do not understand how anyone could work for @ICEgov," tweeted actress Alyssa Milano on Saturday. "ICE's policy of separating children under the Trump government from their families is not only un-American, it's also inhumane.
Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE and ask them: Where are the children?
Actress Jessica Chastain tweeted, "Are we really such monsters?"