President Trump spoke out about the tragic death of a young father who brought his child along on a dangerous journey to enter our country illegally.
During his trip to Japan, President Trump addressed the immigration crisis in America.
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#Thread President Trump discussing immigration during Press Conference after G20 Summit.
"[Mexico has] very very tough immigration. They don't have the kind of stupidity that we have, where somebody touches one foot on our sand and we now have to bring them into a court." 1/ pic.twitter.com/8GdpfYApAr
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His comments come after every Democrat on the debate stag raised their hand, vowing to give illegal aliens free healthcare.
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The photo of the two deceased migrants is a sad and cautionary tale. The journey to enter American illegally is a dangerous one, and no parent should ever put their child through that.
People Magazine reported that the young man and his wife lived with his mother, and they begged him not to go, and pleaded with him not to take the child.
“I begged them not to go, but he wanted to scrape together money to build a home,” Rosa told the Associated Press. “They hoped to be there a few years and save up for the house.”
“I told him, ‘Son, don’t go. But if you do go, leave me the girl,’ ” Rosa recalled, according to the AP.
He told her, “No, mamá. How can you think that I would leave her?”
“He didn’t have the courage to leave her,” Rosa said of her son.
President Trump claimed Saturday that if his border wall had been built, the immigrant father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande trying to get to the U.S. “would be saved.”
“We could have that number go way down if we stop people from coming up,” Trump said during a press conference at the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan.
“If we had walls up, and if we had it hard, the father and the beautiful daughter who drowned … if they thought it was hard to get in, they wouldn’t be coming up. So many lives would be saved,” he said.
Trump urged more stringent border control policies, saying illegal immigration was “very unfair,” according to CNN.
“You have millions of people on line for years to get into a country. They take tests, they study … and these people have worked hard, they’ve been on line for seven, eight, nine years, then someone walks in. Honestly it’s very unfair,” he said.
The remarks came after a photo went viral this week depicting Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, a father from El Salvador, alongside his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, facedown in the Rio Grande after drowning in their attempt to cross the border.
The photo, captured on Monday by journalist Julia Le Duc in Matamoros, Mexico, sparked widespread backlash across social media against the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies.
According to the Mexican journalist who took the photo, the father tried to cross the border illegally with his daughter after they were unable to present themselves to U.S. immigration authorities to request asylum.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) displayed the photo on the Senate floor to chastise the president, calling on Trump to “look at this photo” and see these “are people simply fleeing a horrible situation in their home country for a better life.”
Trump said he hated to see the photograph but placed blame on congressional Democrats.
“I hate it, and I know it could stop immediately if the Democrats change the law,” Trump said Wednesday when asked about the photo. “They have to change the laws. And then that father, who probably was this wonderful guy, with his daughter — things like that wouldn’t happen.”
Democrats have pressed for policies that would make it easier for migrants from Central America to apply for asylum, while Trump has tightened existing rules.
The administration’s “metering” policy has dramatically limited the number of migrants who are allowed to request asylum each day at legal ports of entry, creating a backlog of migrants forced to wait on the Mexican side of the southern border.