US President Donald Trump said on October 13th that he is considering a new family separation policy at the US-Mexico border, as he believes the administration’s earlier move to separate migrant children from parents was an effective deterrent to illegal crossings.
According to the Washington Post, Trump, who was asked whether his administration is considering a new family-separation policy, told reporters, “We’re looking at everything that you could look at when it comes to illegal immigration.”
Back in June, Trump terminated his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border after images of youngsters in cages triggered outrage at home and abroad.
However, some Trump administration officials have asserted that the policy, under which some 2,600 children were separated from their parents, was required to secure the border and discourage illegal immigration. “If they feel there will be separation, they don’t come,” Trump said of migrants during comments to reporters at the White House. Trump has also suggested that immigrants were “grabbing children and they’re using children to come into our country in many cases.” “We’re looking at a lot of different things having to do with illegal immigration,” he added, again urging Congress to validate immigration legislation. “We’re going to do whatever we can do to get it slowed down.”
A new policy could establish illegal immigration as a main theme in mid-term congressional elections on November 6th, when Democrats are seen as having a good chance of regaining control of the House of Representatives.