President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the immigrant children being held at detention facilities in the United States are being trained to lie in order to gain unlawful entry into the country.
While speaking at the National Federation of Independent Business, Trump defiantly said that he would not be changing his administration’s policies on separating immigrant children from their families.
Specifically, Trump said that immigrant children were coached to make false statements about the reasons they are fleeing their home countries to gain entrance to the United States.
“They tell these people exactly what to say,” Trump alleged. “They say, ‘Say the following.’ They write it down. ‘I am being harmed in my country. My country is extremely dangerous. I fear for my life.'”
Trump then said that such statements were “given to them by lawyers who are waiting for them to come up” to the United States.
Finally, Trump said that refugees fleeing violence in their home countries were simply lying about the reasons for wanting to come to the United States.
“They’re not coming for that reason,” he said. “They’re coming up for many other reasons.”
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