The Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy had led to the separation of 2,342 children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border between May 5 and June 9.
Neither Trump nor the family members directly mentioned the policy he reversed Wednesday to remove children from their parents indefinitely if the family crosses the border illegally. The official was not authorized to give out the number and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. “Because they were killed by illegal immigrants”. Several of those speaking condemned the media for ignoring the stories of the victims and praised Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for their attention to border security.
Thursday, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey told an audience in London the family separations could be the president’s most harmful misstep yet – and suggested Trump is trying to dodge the matter.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement posted a notice saying it is looking into creating 15,000 beds for use in detaining immigrant families.
“I’m not sure why attacks on the media are necessary there”, CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said as she interrupted the coverage, adding that “obviously our hearts go out to them”.
“They don’t want to discuss, they don’t want to hear, they don’t want to see”, Trump said. “We’ll not rest until our border is secure, our citizens are safe and we finally end the immigration crisis once and for all”, he said.
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The president told attendees that the United States has “the weakest” immigration laws “in the history of the world”. “He changes so frequently that anybody who depends on that, I think, is in trouble”, he said.
Beata Mariana de Jesus Mejia-Mejia (38), a Guatemalan, sued the U.S. government to get her child back.
She said she started crying when the two were reunited and said she was never going to be away from him again. American children who are taken from parents every day across this country have the same emotional and confused reactions.
They had been separated for a month. “He cried. He was so sad”, the father said. “We weren’t lucky enough to be separated for five days or 10 days”.
Trump’s comments came two days after he signed an executive order to halt the separation of migrant children from their families. Her son, Abel Alexander, is in the government’s custody at a children’s home in Kingston, New York. Many of these children remain angry at the system and their parents for decades.
“We must maintain a Strong Southern Border”, he wrote.
Mr. Trump said the objective of the event was to remember those who are “victims of illegal immigration”.
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who represents a majority Hispanic district in Florida and is not running for re-election, said Trump’s tweets amounted to “schizoid policy making”.
But numerous parents at Friday’s event, including Wilkerson, echoed Trump’s remarks, suggesting that the migrant families would be reunited within days.
Meanwhile, the mayors of about 20 US cities gathered at a holding facility for immigrant children in the border city of El Paso.
Trump’s new order calls for families to be housed together at facilities provided by US government agencies.
But regardless of how the autographs came to be, people said the White House event was positioned to push Trump’s inaccurate claims about undocumented immigrants-and that the autographs on the photos were gaudy. Democrats oppose both measures.