President Donald Trump on Monday continued to falsely blame Democrats for his own administration's immigration policies with an angry Twitter rant that demanded changes to U.S. immigration laws.
Trump began by writing, without citing any evidence, that "children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country."
Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been lo… https://t.co/sGqEpBPIvg— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529329840.0
He then followed that up with an all-caps tweet that simply said, "CHANGE THE LAWS!"
CHANGE THE LAWS!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529329853.0
Following up on that tweet, the president then wrote that "it is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime" -- despite the fact that his own discretionary policies are responsible for separating immigrant parents from their children, and the president could stop this separation at any time.
"Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration," Trump wrote. "Change the laws!"
It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Boarder Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinki… https://t.co/P1CiI0U73I— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1529330028.0
Even some of Trump's allies have questioned the need to separate children from their parents -- former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, for example, has been making the rounds in the press saying there's no justification for what Trump is doing.
In fact, Scaramucci on Twitter even accused Trump of using the children as "hostages" in order to strong arm Democrats to fund his border wall.
Keep families together during the detention period and fast-track the cases, as was protocol previously. Holding ki… https://t.co/3F4aEvhwct— Anthony Scaramucci (@Anthony Scaramucci)1529328128.0