The baseless outburst is the latest sign Trump is not back-tracking from his administration’s “zero-tolerance” stance on illegal immigration, despite growing furor globally and at home.
Aug 10, 2019
President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed the news media for the growing immigration crisis on the U.S. southern border. During a speech to a small-business group in Washington, Trump said the “fake news” reports about children being separated from their families at the border are aiding human traffickers, according to The Hill.
“They are helping these smugglers and these traffickers like nobody would believe,” Trump said of the media. “They know exactly what they’re doing.”
The president accused news outlets of covering child separations more than congressional hearings about an inspector general report about the Hillary Clinton email probe “because those hearings are not good for them.”
The president also took aim at Mexico, accusing the U.S.’s southern neighbor of not doing enough to stop illegal border crossings.
“They come up through Mexico — Mexico does nothing for us,” Trump said. “They could stop it. They have very strong laws. Try staying in Mexico for a couple days see how long that lasts.”
The unhinged and baseless remarks are the latest sign Trump is not back-tracking from his administration’s “zero-tolerance” stance on illegal immigration, despite growing opposition and furor globally and at home.
Approximately 2,000 children have been separated from family members as a result of his administration’s decision to prosecute almost everyone who crosses the southern border illegally and jail them while awaiting trial, according to The Hill.
The children are placed in juvenile detention centers near the border because they cannot be held in custody with their adult guardians.