President Trump on Saturday called on Democrats to end a “horrible law” that he says separates children from their parents when they cross the border — and also accused them of “protecting MS-13 thugs.”
“Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there [sic] parents once they cross the Border into the U.S.,” he tweeted.
Trump made the remarks amid a pushback from Democrats and activists at a “zero tolerance” policy enforced by the Justice Department. That policy refers all illegal border crossings for prosecution, including illegal immigrants with children.
Those parents are housed at adult detention centers, and consequently their children are separated from them, registered as “unaccompanied minors” and handed to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump has blamed Democrats for the separation of children from their parents before. Last week he told Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen that the breaking up of families occurred because of “bad laws that the Democrats gave us.”
The Associated Press reported that he appeared to be referring to a 2008 law to combat child trafficking — a bipartisan law authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., but signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush.
While the law says nothing about separating families, it does say that children traveling alone from countries other than Mexico and Canada must be released in the “least restrictive setting” — namely a family or shelter.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Adam Shaw