Fox News host Shepard Smith castigated the Trump administration on Wednesday after a heartbreaking photo surfaced showing two dead migrants who had been trying to cross the U.S. southern border.
"This photo is deeply disturbing," Smith warned viewers before showing the photo of a drowned father and his daughter on the banks of the Rio Grande.
"Of course, it is legal to present yourself for asylum in the United States," the Fox News host continued. "Legal under American and legal under international law."
According to Smith, current Trump administration policies "are forcing some who are desperate back home to take the chance at crossing the river."
"The administration has separated children from their families and slowed the ability of migrants to apply for asylum," he noted. "They could allow people seeking asylum to present themselves as they have forever in America."
Fox News viewers scolded Smith over his show of emotion.
"[Smith] is a horrible monster," one viewer wrote. "He spews misinformation to work his hateful agenda, he is a disgrace to mankind."
Read a sampling of the tweets and watch the video below.
I hope @foxnews will provide counseling for @shepnewsteam, he is distraught by his hatred for trump, it’s causing i… https://t.co/88gIs6rC5Q— John (@John)1561579211.0
Shameful @ShepNewsTeam showing the photo of the illegal immigrant of the father and daughter that died on crossing… https://t.co/ujKVDW1GQw— Linda Nunez (@Linda Nunez)1561579068.0
Poor dear @shepnewsteam needs to seek counseling, he is overwhelmed by his hatred for trump... @foxnews— John (@John)1561579006.0
.@shepnewsteam uses a national forum to spew misinformation and is a disgrace, he hates trump so much that he lost… https://t.co/dOLuW7pKE0— John (@John)1561578859.0
I’m so sick and tired of blame not being placed where it belongs!! You know darn well Shep that it’s ALL political!… https://t.co/ueG2DeLWIa— Debi Cari (@Debi Cari)1561578731.0
Seeing Shep Smith giving TRUMP total blame 4 boarder made me sick. Same guy that said it was a manufactured crisis… https://t.co/HlR9KDT0qX— Scott Miller (@Scott Miller)1561578703.0
.@shepnewsteam is a horrible monster, he spews misinformation to work his hateful agenda, he is a disgrace to mankind @foxnews— John (@John)1561578650.0
There you go again Shep Smith. Instead of reporting news, you have to put your feelings out there & bloviate. The t… https://t.co/TZA77A4uHJ— Deplorable Bob Wolf (@Deplorable Bob Wolf)1561578648.0
Omg @ShepNewsTeam your tears ur tears. You know you know- we have always accepted people LEGALLY. We continue to.… https://t.co/VafSFNpjy8— CharacterNotColor (@CharacterNotColor)1561578617.0
Watch a video of the broadcast from Fox News below.