Trump Says Family Separations May Deter Illegal U.S. Entries

Vastavam web: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigration and that he was considering several options to tighten border security. In June, Trump abandoned his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

Trump seemed to support that argument on Saturday. “If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come,” he said of migrants during comments to reporters at the White House. Trump also claimed, without providing evidence, that immigrants were “grabbing children and they’re using children to come in to our country in many cases.”

“We’re looking at a lot of different things having to do with illegal immigration,” he said, again calling on Congress to pass immigration legislation. “We’re going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down.” A new policy could establish illegal immigration as a major theme in mid-term congressional elections on Nov. 6, when Democrats are seen as having a good chance of regaining control of the House of Representatives. “DHS will continue to enforce the law humanely, and will continue to examine a range of options to secure our nation’s borders,” she said.

Following reports that Trump might again authorize family separations, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Jerrold Nadler on Friday called on the administration to “provide a full accounting of their previous failed efforts.” A government audit released earlier this month said the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration crackdown at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year was plagued by a lack of preparation, resource shortfalls and communication failures.