President Donald Trump sounded off on the Democratic Party on Saturday over the deaths of two migrant children who recently died in U.S. Custody, arguing that if U.S. immigration policies were stronger, the migrants would never have ended up in such an awful position.
Trump’s remarks come after an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy named Felipe Gomez Alonzo was taken to the hospital by officials after they noticed he was sick, and was discharged after being prescribed medications to treat cold-like symptoms. Officials later noticed that the boy’s condition was worsening, at which point a man claiming to be the boy’s father refused additional medical treatment, but was overruled by U.S. officials who rushed the boy to the hospital where he later died.
“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” Trump tweeted. “They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”
“The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol. The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!”
Trump’s tweets come as the government is currently shut down over Senate Democrats’ unwillingness to fund the president’s proposed border wall.
Just a few years ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer repeated nearly all of Trump’s talking points on illegal immigration, including the fact that physical border barriers made the U.S. border “far more secure” because they created a “significant barrier to illegal immigration.”