Former Republican Florida Govеrnor Jeb Bush on Monday called on President Donald Trump to stop his administration’s “heartless zero tolerance” immigration policy, which separates children from their parents, The Hill reported.
Bush, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, also added that Congress should pass an immigration law that addresses issues raised by both Democrats and Republicans.
“Children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool,” Bush tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers,” Bush tweeted.
Bush’s remarks came shortly after Trump tweeted that criminals were using children as Trojan Horse to enter the U.S.
“Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.,” Trump tweeted.
Last month the DOJ and Trump’s administration announced their new “zero tolerance” immigration policy that leads federal agents to aggressively prosecute adults attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
As a result of the policy, thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents when caught crossing the border.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that although the policy would likely lead to more separations, it would prevent future immigrants from trying to cross the southern border.
However, the presidential directive has been widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans.
Trump attempted to blame the Democrats for his administration’s policy while refusing to cooperate with them to eliminate the practice.
Administration officials continue to defend the policy.
On Sunday, former first lady Laura Bush, wife of Jeb’s brother George W. Bush, slammed the policy, calling it “cruel” and “immoral.”