'He Was Not Elected to Commit Child Abuse': NY Dem, Pelosi Blast Trump for Migrant Family Separations
A group of Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, slammed the Trump administration for its zero-tolerance border enforcement crackdown, which has led to migrant parents being separated from their children.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) said the American people did not vote for the mistreatment of migrant children, despite supporting tougher border measures.
"He was elected by the American people on some of the most outrageous anti-immigration policies, but he was not elected to commit child abuse," the Brooklyn-Queens representative said after touring shelters near San Diego with Pelosi and other Democrats.
I participated with my colleagues today @HispanicCaucus & @NancyPelosi at a press conference discussing what we saw at border facilities where children & families are being separated. This immoral policy must end immediately. Watch the full video here: https://t.co/hePL8RAHod
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) June 18, 2018
Pelosi dubbed the policy "barbaric," calling on Trump to take responsibility for his actions, rather than blaming Democrats. She also called on the DHS secretary to resign over the "inhumane" policy.
.@SecNielsen must resign. This is not an immigration issue, it is a humanitarian issue. Children are being used by the Trump Admin to create leverage, with a goal of passing Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. I struggle to think of anything more barbaric. #FamiliesBelongTogether
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 18, 2018
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) said the U.S. Border Patrol "is being cruel just to be cruel."
Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change! This is why we need more Republicans elected in November. Democrats are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2018
Trump is expected to meet with lawmakers on two immigration bills and he may press them to amend language to allow parents and children to be detained together, William La Jeunesse reported Tuesday.
The White House has pinned the blame on Democrats for failing to address immigration laws during the Obama administration, accusing the left of using the issue for political gain.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced on Monday an "emergency" bill to keep migrant families together.
Watch the report above.