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How does Trump defend himself against the rejection of the immigration policy?

The border patrol takes the children to an old warehouse, while they process their parents for the crime of "illegal entry" IGNORE INTO the US

How does Trump defend himself against the rejection of the immigration policy?

According to data released by State Department officials, almost 2,000 children were separated from their parents between April and May as a result of the strict immigration policy announced by Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General. The policy calls for massive raids and the imputation of criminal charges to those who cross the border, separating them from their children and prosecuting them as criminals.

Leer en español: ¿Cómo se defiende Trump ante el rechazo de su política migratoria?

The policy of "zero tolerance" was highly controversial and qualified as "inadmissible" by the UN, and even rejected by First Lady Melania Trump. The former first lady, Laura Bush, also spoke out against separating immigrant families. "I appreciate the need to enforce and protect our international borders, but this policy of zero tolerance is cruel. It is immoral", he complained.

In the middle of the controversy that has brought the strict measures of the government of the United States, we ask ourselves: How does Trump defend himself from the rejection of his migratory policies? How does he justify separating children from their parents? This is the answer:

  • Trump blames the Democrats:

The Twitter social network has been Trump's favorite platform to advocate for controversial border control measures. Some of his tweets say that Democrats are the culprits of separating families that come from Central America looking for a better quality of life.

Another of his comments in which he washed his hands of the controversial immigration policy says that: 

  • The President criticizes Europe for letting immigrants in:

The president also quoted mass migration in Europe as an example and judged immigrants for having an alleged negative influence on the culture of a country.


Trump's statements are contrary to what the statistics show. While in Germany there is a problem of mass migration, crime levels are at their lowest point in decades. "The number of crimes committed in Germany is the lowest since 1992," Horst Seehofer, Minister of the Interior, said in a presentation of the police crime statistics for 2017 in Berlin. "The frequency of less than 7,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants is unprecedented, even in a comparison of 30 years," reported Seehofer.

  • Trump relates the high migration with the crime:

Trump alleges that it is necessary to regulate migration to curb Central American gangs such as the Mara Salvatrucha.


If what Trump wants is to fight the gangs, separating Latin American children from their parents does not seem to be the best option. "When the gang was born on the west coast, mainly in Los Angeles, what happened was that they had these vulnerable children who lived in a violent environment, who were aliens in terms of language and in terms of culture," explained Héctor Silva Ávalos , researcher at American University who participated in extensive studies on MS-13. "That's what you're seeing again with unaccompanied minors. It is the ideal prey for the gang," said Silva.

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Translated from “¿Cómo se defiende Trump ante el rechazo de su política migratoria?”


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