Over recent weeks, the Trump administration has attracted significant scrutiny for their newly toughened handling of families crossing the border into the United States from Mexico seeking refuge. Wrongfully claiming to simply be following the law, Trump’s government has taken to separating children from their families when they are apprehended following entry into the United States.
Former Florida governor and failed 2016 Republican presidential primary contender Jeb Bush has now joined the chorus of those calling out the Trump administration for the family separations.
On Twitter Monday he wrote:
‘Children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool.
@realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers.’
As Bush indicated in his tweet about the subject, the family separations, which have so far left thousands of children apart from their families, are intended, Trump himself recently revealed, as a “negotiating tool.” After having, with no grounding in reality, blamed the Democrats for the family separations, Trump explained what he meant, tweeting a message claiming Democrats to be “forcing the breakup of families at the Border with their horrible and cruel legislative agenda.”
That agenda doesn’t include family separations. What it does include, however, is opposition to a number of key components to the president’s immigration policy platform, including a U.S./Mexico border wall.
It’s that opposition that Trump claims to have forced his administration to start separating families at the U.S./Mexico border as an apparent way to attempt to force Democrats to the negotiating table. To be clear though, on that point, it’s not as though Democrats haven’t attempted to cooperate with Trump and Republicans on immigration reform in the past — it’s just that the president hasn’t been interested. Now, in his world, punitive actions he undertakes to try and shock the system into being more as he wants it are the Democrats’ fault.
Those punitive actions have left large numbers of families ripped apart and have upped the intensity of the poor treatment which immigrants to the United States have been faced. Firsthand accounts have emerged condemning the conditions the children in question are now subjected to as jail-like; they’re being kept, basically, in large cages — although one Fox journalist made the leap to claim that all that happens is that authorities have made “security pens” such as those used for livestock — as if that makes the situation more up to par.
DOOCY: Some refer to these [child detention facilities] as cages. I’m from a farm community, I see the chain-link fences, it’s more like a security pen to me.
GIDLEY: It’s the law of the land… The Democrats decided to stand with people who are here illegally and unlawfully. pic.twitter.com/SWimLtFYoV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2018
Besides the warehouse where the chain link barriers are, some children are also being held in a “tent city,” where on Monday, temperatures easily climbed towards 100 degrees. Trump and his associates are holding fast to the idea that Democrats could somehow fix the problems associated with something Republicans are doing while immigrant children continue to needlessly suffer.
Jeb Bush isn’t the only member of his prominent family to speak out about this issue; his sister-in-law, former first lady Laura Bush has as well. She wrote in a recent op-ed that the new Trump policy “breaks my heart.”
The United States has earned condemnation from interests as high ranking as the United Nations human rights office at this point, but the Trump administration remains undeterred.
Check out Twitter’s response below.
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