Trump blames Democrats for mi­grant child deaths at bor­der

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Obituaries/news - NA­TION/WORLD

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­flected any blame from his ad­min­is­tra­tion for the deaths of two Gu­atemalan chil­dren this month in U.S. gov­ern­ment cus­tody as his Home­land Se­cu­rity chief vis­ited Bor­der Pa­trol med­i­cal of­fi­cials amid prom­ises of more thor­ough health screen­ings for mi­grant chil­dren.

In­stead, the pres­i­dent, whose ad­min­is­tra­tion has faced wide­spread crit­i­cism over the deaths, pointed the fin­ger on Twit­ter at Democrats “and their pa­thetic im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies that al­low peo­ple to make the long trek think­ing they can en­ter our coun­try il­le­gally.” They were his first com­ments on the deaths.

He also tweeted that the chil­dren were “very sick be­fore they were given over to Bor­der Pa­trol.”

The pres­i­dent’s com­ments came Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon, the same day Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Kirst­jen Nielsen was in Yuma, Ari­zona, to meet with med­i­cal staff at the bor­der. Nielsen said in a state­ment that “the sys­tem is clearly over­whelmed and we must work to­gether to ad­dress this hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis.” She called on Congress to “act with ur­gency.”

Her of­fice said she was briefed in El Paso, Texas, on Fri­day on “re­cently in­sti­tuted se­condary med­i­cal screen­ings and the more thor­ough ini­tial health screen­ings of mi­grants.”

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