Trump blames Democrats and their 'pathetic immigration policies' for deaths of migrant children at border

Two Guatemalan children died in separate incidents after US Border Control took them into custody in New Mexico earlier this month


                            Trump blames Democrats and their 'pathetic immigration policies' for deaths of migrant children at border

US President Donald Trump launched a fresh attack on Democrats on Saturday, December 29, saying they encourage migrants to make the hazardous trek North due to "their pathetic immigration policies", which he held responsible for the death of children and others at the Southern border.

"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. They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!" he tweeted.



 



 

Earlier this month, two child migrants lost their lives while in government custody at the border. One of them, eight-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died this week after his family was apprehended by border agents in Texas.

According to Customs and Border Control, agents took Alonzo and his father to an Alamogordo hospital after they were found to be coughing. Doctors diagnosed little Felipe with common cold and found that he was having a fever of 103 degrees. Despite being released from the hospital with medication, the youngster fell ill once again and died.

Before Alonzo, seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin lost her life this month after she was dehydrated and hadn't eaten or consumed water for several days before being detained at the border, Customs and Border Protection officials said. Recognizing the "uptick in sick children crossing our borders", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she ordered "extraordinary protective measures" to stop such deaths from occurring and initiated a probe into the incidents.

Trump defended his stance on Saturday, tweeting that the children who died were sick before they reached the border, adding that Maquin's father had clearly stated that border authorities were not to blame for his child's demise.

"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", he tweeted. "Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!"

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally for the president during his visit to see the controversial border wall prototypes on March 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Getty Images)
Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rally for the president during his visit to see the controversial border wall prototypes on March 13, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Getty Images)

Republicans and Democrats are currently deadlocked on Trump's push for a border wall, with the government going into a partial shutdown this week. Democrats are hesitant to pass the $5 billion in funding for the wall as demanded by the commander-in-chief, who is trying hard to keep his 2016 campaign promise.

Meanwhile, the President warned on Friday that he will "close the Southern border entirely" if Democrats do not agree to fund the wall.