Trump promises US will not be a migrant camp

    18 de junio de 2018

    Washington, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump ratcheted up his anti-immigration discourse on Monday by promising that the country will not become a "migrant camp" amid the swelling controversy over the administration's separating children from their parents after they have illegally crossed the border from Mexico.

    "I say, very strongly, it's the Democrats fault," Trump said in a speech before the National Space Council at the White House. "The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility."

    "We want safety and we want security," the president added. "If the Democrats would sit down instead of obstructing we could have something done very quickly - good for the children, good for the country."

    In the face of the dramatic reporting on the weekend regarding the situation of those children being held by the US government in warehouses converted into temporary detention facilities and, in some cases, with the holding areas divided into "cage-like" substructures, Trump came out swinging.

    The president pointed - among other things - to the European Union for its immigration policies and tweeted "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!"

    In another Twitter post, the president blamed the Democrats for the immigration current situation said "Why don't the Democrats give us the votes to fix the world's worst immigration laws?"

    "CHANGE THE LAWS!" Trump wrote, adding: "It is the Democrats (sic) fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder (sic) Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration."

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday morning in a speech in New Orleans that the government will not "apologize" for the policy of separating migrant children from their parents, adding that "Illegal actions have and must have consequences."

    Last week, DHS confirmed that about 2,000 children had been separated from their migrant parents on the US-Mexico border over the past six weeks as part of Trump's "zero tolerance" policy against illegal immigration.

    This separation policy has resulted in a wave of rejection from Democratic lawmakers, a number of Republicans and defenders of immigrants' rights.

    However, the most surprising rejection of the policy came from first lady Melania Trump, who normally stays aloof from political issues.

    "Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," the first lady's spokeswoman said in a statement. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."