Trump Accuses Democrats of Initiating Border Crisis

President Donald Trump yet again blamed Democrats on Thursday for causing the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border, only a day after he signed an executive order to stop the separation of families there.

However, the sudden executive order has only sowed confusion as it doesn’t clearly say how families who have already been separated will be reunited. Still, on Thursday Trump mentioned the act only briefly, instead focusing his sharp rhetoric on what he said were the weakest immigration laws in the world which he blamed on his political opponents.

“They don’t care about the children. They don’t care about the injury,” he said of Democrats during a meeting of his Cabinet at the White House. “They don’t care about the problems. They don’t care about anything.”

Trump further claimed Democrats refused to approve funds for detention facilities for children, even though he later insisted that conditions at some of the centers were “the nicest that people have seen.”

“They talk about inhumane treatment. I read them. I looked at them. They’re all over the place,” the President said during his opening statement. “We have a situation where some of these places, they’re really running them well.”

At the same time, the First Lady paid a visit to immigrants at the detention facilities, where she offered a softer stance on immigration and offered her help. “I also like to ask you how I can help to be sure these children reunite with their families as quickly as possible?” she asked one of the Texas officials.

Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether immigrant children will be reunited with their parents, despite the “very good executive order” President Trump signed. He said on Wednesday that the document was limited in scope due to “Democrat and court-ordered loopholes” that prevent family detention and cause families to be separated.

The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday was initially interpreted as not providing reunification of the 2,300 children already separated from their parents. However, officials later clarified that the children would be reunited with family members.

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