Ivanka Trump blame of family separations at US-Mexico border "low point" for her, but blames immigrant parents for crisis
Ivanka Trump added that she was "vehemently against" family separation and that her father's policy "was a low point" for her.
President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House aide, Ivanka Trump, blamed immigrant parents for the cruel family separations at the United States-Mexico border, according to reports. She made the statement while addressing the issue during an interview at an Axios event on Thursday. Ivanka Trump, while speaking at the event in Washington, DC said: "I am a daughter of an immigrant, my mother grew up in Communist Czech Republic, but we are a country of laws. ... We have to be very careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk of being trafficked, at risk of entering this country with coyotes or making an incredibly dangerous journey alone."
She added that she was "vehemently against" family separation and that her father's policy "was a low point" for her, according to HuffPost.
"I feel very strongly about that, and I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children ... I think immigration is incredibly complex as a topic, illegal immigration is incredibly complicated," she said.
The White House senior aide also said that these aren't "easy issues."
"These are incredibly difficult issues and like the rest of the country, I experience them in a very emotional way," she said.
Separation of families at the United States-Mexico border came under severe scrutiny by activists, lawmakers and human rights organization across the world. The separation was a part of President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy associated with the crackdown on immigration in the country.
The family separation policy was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in May. Under the policy, Trump administration separated children away from their parents, who illegally enter the country, and then handed them over to the Department of Health and Human Services for reallocation.
Asked about Ivanka's characterization of family separation as "a low point," Sanders says Trump himself "doesn't like the idea of family separation."— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 2, 2018
(Trump needlessly implemented a family separation policy! #gaslighting)
Sanders then attacks the media. pic.twitter.com/IP7hVp4dJy
After severe backlash, President Trump, in June, signed an executive order to end the administration's family separation policy. However, out of over 2,500 children who were separated earlier this year from their parents and guardians, nearly hundreds remain in federal custody. This number also includes over 400 children whose parents have already left the country without them, according to reports.
Reports state that Ivanka Trump had not commented on the entire debacle at all until after her father issued the executive order to end it.