Donald Trump accused the Democrats on Wednesday of the death of a Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned this week along the banks of the Rio Grande River after illegally entering the United States.
& # 39; That's like I said. If they arranged the laws, you wouldn't have that, & T 39 told White House reporters before he left for the G20 meeting in Japan.
& # 39; They want open borders and open borders means crime, and open borders means that people drown in the rivers. And it's a very dangerous thing, & he accused.
Donald Trump accused Democrats of killing a Salvadoran father and daughter
Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramierz with daughter Valeria; the two died trying to cross the Rio Grande to enter the United States illegally
The president said he hated the photo of the deceased migrants & # 39; that was distributed over the internet.
& # 39; I hate it and I know it can stop immediately if Democrats change the law, & # 39; he said. & # 39; And when that father, who was probably this great guy, with his daughter, things like that wouldn't happen. & # 39;
He said that crossing the Rio Grande River, which borders the United States and Mexico, is dangerous.
& # 39; People are coming, they are running through the Rio Grande, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It can be a rough river of sorts, I mean, there are times when crossing the Rio Grande is very, very dangerous, depending on the time of year and the circumstances and speed of the water. And we know that. And we have many, many guards there, but people go through the guards.
& # 39; If we had the right laws that the Democrats would not let us have, those people, they would not come, they would not try, & # 39; he argued, adding & they can change it very easily so that people don't come and people don't get killed.
And he doubled his debt with a tweet before Air Force One left for Japan.
& # 39; The Democrats must change the loopholes and the law so that lives can be saved on our southern border. They said it wasn't a crisis at the border, that it was all just & # 39; manufactured & # 39; used to be. Now they admit that I was right – but they must do something about it. Improve the Laws NOW !, Trump wrote.
The president pushed back against Democrats accusing him of the father and daughter's death and protesting outside a detention center in Homestead, Florida, where migrant children are kept separate from their families.
& # 39; Trump is responsible for these deaths & # 39 ;, Beto O & # 39; Rourke wrote Tuesday night on Twitter and shared an AP story about drowning.
Beto O & Rourke blamed Donald Trump for the death of a father and daughter who drowned earlier this week along a bank of the Rio Grande river
Democrats have expressed indignation at President Donald Trump's immigration policy since the blistering photo went viral
Democrats have expressed indignation at the president's immigration policy since the scorching photo went viral and is likely to appear during Wednesday's first primary debate.
The back and forth also comes during a debate in Congress about financing for the border.
On Tuesday evening, House Democrats adopted 4.5 billion humanitarian aid that does not provide funds for border security.
Democratic House Leadership was able to secure the money, but only after incorporating strict restrictions on what the money could be used for, including improving the conditions for the migrants who were held after illegal crossing of the border.
& # 39; I am not happy with it, because there is no money for protection & # 39 ;, said the president in an interview on Fox Business Wednesday morning to Maria Bartiromo. & # 39; It is as if we now have hospitals there! & # 39;
The bill ended Tuesday, almost along the party lines, with the passing of 230-195 and will attempt to address the horrific situation that migrants face when they enter the United States illegally, rather than blocking the flow of immigrants who are constantly crossing the border flows.
Then it goes to the Senate controlled by the republican, where a similar law with fewer obligations is associated with dual support. The bill approved by House was faced with a veto threat from Trump.
Elizabeth Warren gathered with protesters on Wednesday at the Homestead children's home
The shelter for unaccompanied children in Homestead has become the center of attention for Democrats to Florida for the first primary debates, and especially after a young father and his daughter died trying to enter the US illegally
For a long time, Trump has blamed the Democrats for the country's immigration problem – and points out that most detention centers opened illegal immigrants under President Obama, while the Democrats immediately blamed him across the path.
The photo of 25-year-old Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, a Salvadoran man, pulled up with his black t-shirt and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, with her arm wrapped around his neck, caused the immigration problem back in the floodlights.
The sounding photo includes images of Martinez's 21-year-old Tania, who was watching the events as her husband and child tried to cross the border illegally by swimming across the river in Brownsville, Texas.
Ramirez had brought their daughter safely to the river bank in the United States and returned to help his wife when Valeria jumped back in the river to follow. Ramirez turned to his wife to help their daughter and then she drowned.
Trump's democratic rivals point the immigration issue to visits to a child migration detention center in Homestead, Florida, just 50 miles south of Miami, where their first debate is taking place.
O & # 39; Rourke will be there on Thursday.
Elizabeth Warren visited the center on Wednesday morning to talk to protesters who demand that it be closed.
& # 39; We are better people than this, & # 39; she said.
Two buses full of 40 people all arrived in the center when Warren arrived and joined the activists who were already on the property. There were a total of around 100 demonstrators.
The senator from Massachusetts stood on a ladder with Summit, the 8-year-old daughter of a protester from Homestead, and waved to children who could be seen between different buildings behind the fence of the shelter.
Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 25, left El Salvador with his wife Tania, 21, and their daughter Valeria
Oscar died trying to save his daughter
Amy Klobuchar announced that she would visit the center Wednesday afternoon before the debate, Delegate Eric Swalwell visited the center on Monday and Vermont's wife, Senator Bernie Sanders, Jane, visited on Wednesday after Warren.
& # 39; We are looking at a camp, a camp with children that is cruelly locked up here & # 39 ;, Swalwell said as he documented the experience on his social media. & # 39; They don't belong here. They belong to their family. & # 39;
Warren and O & # 39; Rourke were not the only two Democratic presidential contenders to blame Trump.
Cory Booker also blamed the president.
& # 39; We shouldn't look away & # 39 ;, Booker tweeted about the dead Tuesday night. & # 39; These are the consequences of Donald Trump's inhumane and immoral immigration policy. This is done in our name. & # 39;
Warren arrived in the asylum prior to the democratic debate on Wednesday evening. She was shown around by Rabbi Robyn Fisher, who worked on educating the media and the public about what's going on in the center
Senator and 2020 contender Cory Booker blamed President Trump for the death of the migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter who tried to cross by swimming over the Rio Grande
Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump
A 21-year-old wife and mother watched her 25-year-old husband and young daughter die, trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas
The Homestead Center – where almost 2,500 migrant children can be detained without their parents and is the largest detention center for children in the country – is approximately 30 minutes south of the debate stage.
Homestead Shelter for unaccompanied children
Suitable for 2,350 children
It is the only youth center for migrants who are exploited for profit
The Homestead contract with the Ministry of Health and Human Services is worth up to $ 220 million
It was opened during the Obama administration, closed briefly and reopened in March 2018 amid a wave of illegal border crossings
Children between the ages of 13 and 17 stay in the reception center, which was opened during the Obama administration, closed shortly and reopened in March 2018 amid a wave of migrants crossing the border.
Border Patrol reported in January that more than 5,000 & # 39; unaccompanied alien children & # 39; were held at the border. Most are sent to the Homestead Shelter for unaccompanied children or similar facilities throughout the country.
The shelter has stopped admitting journalists and visitors. Protesters are a regular presence outside the gates and require it to be closed.
Critics call it a prison camp or an internment camp.
HHS officials said the average stay is 36 days.
Amy Klobuchar has announced that she will visit the Homestead shelter on Wednesday
Eric Swalwell visited the Homestead detention center on Monday
But the submission of court documents – based on a guided tour through the shelter lawyers that was conducted in March – paints a different picture.
It describes & # 39; prison-like & # 39; rules whereby children can only talk to family members on the phone for 10 minutes twice a week; showers are limited to five; the meal is 15 minutes. Children are not allowed to hug or touch each other.
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