President Trump lashed out at Democrats in a series of morning tweets on immigration - the latest defense of his administration's new "zero tolerance" policy of enforcing rules created and enforced under the Bush and Obama administrations - while the left is now making "internment camp" comparisons.
"Democrats are the problem," said Trump. "They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13."
The President then said that since Democrats "can’t win on their terrible policies" they view illegals as "potential voters" - ostensibly referring to granting undocumented migrants amnesty.
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
In a subsequent tweet, Trump said "We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally," and that " Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents."
We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally. Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
Which raises additional questions:
To be clear: 80% of these migrant children came without parents. They separated from their families and then came across the border— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 19, 2018
A lot of #’s will be thrown out but remember this: 10,000 of the 12,000 kids held by the United States were sent here ALONE by their Parents. Of the remaining kids some were separated from traffickers. The US is caring for all of those abandoned children. pic.twitter.com/vzk4omCt3a— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) June 19, 2018
Adults, the majority of them drug smugglers and human traffickers, are using kids as probes to test our border security and laws.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) June 19, 2018
10,000 of those kids are now safely in HHS shelters.
Democrats however want them reunited with the cartels and the coyotes. #Immigration
Not everyone was happy with Trump's Tuesday tweets - such as CNN's Chris Cillizza who suggested that Trump was conflating MS-13 gang members with "small children being separated from their parents."
Conflating gang members with small children being separated from their parents... https://t.co/lVfAnjuexe— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 19, 2018
On Monday, Trump said the U.S. would not be a "migrant camp" while defending his administration's approach to border control. “The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility," adding “You look at what’s happening in Europe,” he continued, “you look at what’s happening in other places – we can’t allow that to happen to the United States. Not on my watch.”
Democrats have focused on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy announced earlier this year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which all illegal immigrants caught trying to cross the border will be prosecuted - in many cases separating parents from their children. That said, with up to 80% of migrant children arriving without parents - the "separating families" argument begins to unravel.
The firestorm began several weeks ago when a photograph of "caged" migrant children was misattributed to the Trump administration - when in fact the photo was taken while Obama was President.
This not trumps policy obama has been doing it since 2014 or do these cages and floor look nicer to u in 2018, u have a point but let’s not deflect that obama was the one that’s been doing this while deporting more immigrants than any president in history including trump 🤔 pic.twitter.com/lziOZUGokE— A1C (@ElCalifornio22) June 19, 2018
Still, the left continued to push - likening migrant detention centers to "internment camps," while pictures of Obama's "cages" continue to circulate.
Here are photos of how migrants were held in the Obama Administration pic.twitter.com/v8HKjuB1hl— Jack Posobiec🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 18, 2018
Meanwhile, children are kept in government-run facilities under Trump are much safer, cleaner and far less brutal than than where the children originated from in most cases.
new beds, pillows, clean sheets, food, water, clothes, nikes.— Mindless Robots 🇺🇸 (@MindlessRobots) June 15, 2018
America is too nice to illegal mass-migrants. pic.twitter.com/9iePo2Nrm6
Former First Ladies Laura Bush and Michelle Obama joined together to criticize the Trump administration - which many immediately noted were passed into law and enacted by their husbands.
What an odd and hypocritical denouncement from both former First Ladies. This policy started under President George Bush and President Obama’s administration... https://t.co/hqR2NoQFtl— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) June 19, 2018
Then there's Hillary Clinton in 2014 suggesting that "just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay."
What an inconvenient truth!