President Donald Trump on Monday praised his controversial immigration policy of separating children from parents when families illegally cross the border.
Trump on Twitter attempted to justify the policy by claiming that criminals are using children in a Trojan Horse-style operation to cross the U.S. border.
“Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country,” he wrote. “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 also said that the U.S. must avoid the migration problems affecting Europe while bashing the policies and government of Germany, a close ally.
The President said that crime in Germany “is way up” and said migrants “have so strongly and violently changed their culture,” a phenomenon he said is generating backlash overseas.
However, the President’s claims are not supported by any data.
“The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture,” Trump tweeted.
“We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Trump’s policies are faced with growing criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. The bipartisan effort says that it is inhumane to separate children from their families at border crossings.
But the President again blamed Democrats in Congress for the separations, although it was a Trump administration directive, and not a law, that enforced the policy.
“It is the Democrats fault for being weak and ineffective with Border Security and Crime. Tell them to start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration. Change the laws!” he wrote.
“CHANGE THE LAWS!” he added in a separate tweet.
The New York Post reported that Trump on Tuesday will be meeting with House Republican lawmakers and is expected to face criticism from them over the policy, which has generated negative headlines for Trump and his party just months before the November midterm elections.