Trump promises that the US will not be "a refugee camp" and criticizes Europe

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  • Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:04
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President, Donald Trump, today delivered his anti-immigration speech to ensure that the US will not become "a refugee-holding facility" while criticizing Europe, in full controversy over children’s separation from their families after illegally crossing the border with Mexico.

"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee-holding facility. You look at what’s happening in Europe and in other places. We cannot allow that to happen to the United States. Not under my watch," Trump said at a White House rally.

In the face of dramatic reports released this weekend about the situation of these children housed in warehouses converted into temporary detention centers and, in some cases, located inside rooms divided into cages, Trump did not hesitate to point out the alleged weakness shown by the European Union (EU) on migration.

"Big mistake made over all Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture," the president tweeted, who spent part of the morning to sending messages through this social network.

He mentioned the case of Germany stating "the German people are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition", adding that "crime in Germany is way up", despite the fact that the figures show that it has been reduced in recent years.

In another message, Trump said that "children are being used by some of the worst criminals" on earth as a way to enter the United States.

"Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including (Central American) MS-13, coming into our country illegally?" he asked.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, defended Trump´s comments stating that the government will not "apologize" and "illegal actions have and must have consequences" in a speech before the National Association of Sheriffs in New Orleans (Louisiana).

"This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you," she said.

Indeed, last week, the department led by Nielsen confirmed the separation of nearly 2,000 immigrant children from their families on the border with Mexico within six weeks, in the framework of the "zero-tolerance" policy against illegal immigration, driven by Trump.

These actions have caused a wave of rejection between the opposition Democrats and immigrant rights groups.

The leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, claimed that this policy leaves a dark stain on the nation.

"Ripping vulnerable little children away from their parents is an utter atrocity that debases America’s values and our legacy as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom," Pelosi said in a statement.

But also in the bosom of the Republican party, to which President Trump belongs, there were strong rejections.

Mario Díaz-Balart, a Republican congressman from Florida, said that "it is totally unacceptable, for any reason, to purposely separate minors from their parents."

"We cannot allow for this to continue happening and it must stop," said Díaz-Balart.

However, the most surprising rejection came from the president’s wife, Melania Trump, who usually stays away from political issues.

"Mrs. (Melania) Trump hates to see children separated from their families (...) She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," first lady’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told Efe today.

In recent days, the Executive has offered disparate and sometimes contradictory justifications on the policy of children’s separation, and Trump has raised the issue as a possible currency in the framework of discussions in Congress to reform the immigration system. EFE

by Alfonso Fernández. EFE

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