On Saturday, President Trump blamed the widely condemned family separation practice on Democrats, tweeting, “Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation.” Trump is set to meet Tuesday with Republican lawmakers to discuss a so-called compromise immigration bill they claim would end family separation while lifting limits on how long families can be detained, and which also includes a promise of $25 billion for Trump’s border wall. Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz discusses a history of family separation that has stemmed from previous legislative compromises with Democrats, and looks ahead to calls for them to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), if they gain control of the House in November.
AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! As we continue to look at the growing outrage over President Trump policy of separating immigrant children from their parents, we turn to the political showdown in Washington. On Saturday, President Trump tried to blame the widely condemned family separation practice on Democrats, tweeting, “Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation.”
On Thursday, House Republicans introduced a so-called compromise immigration bill, alongside a more conservative alternative. The plan includes the promise of $25 billion for Trump’s border wall and is being touted as a way for Democrats to agree to pass legislation that would stop the separation of families.
For more on what the Democrats might do now as they condemn the Trump administration’s new policy of separating families at the border, we’re joined by Renée Feltz, Democracy Now! correspondent and producer, who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. She just came back from South Texas.
Renée, it’s great to be speaking to you again. So, President Trump, in tweet and in speaking to…