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Trump on immigrant family separation solution: ‘Don’t come to our country illegally’

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing the Section 232 Proclamations on Steel and Aluminum Imports during a ceremony at the White House Thursday, March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
July 23, 2018

President Trump recently offered a solution to America’s immigration problem by suggesting that migrants “don’t come to our country illegally.”

The President had responded when being asked about reuniting migrant families.

Immigration activists had voiced concerns about the recent immigration issue that involved migrant children being separated from their parents at the border.

Trump recently told reporters that the families could have avoided the situation by not entering the country unlawfully.

“That’s the solution. Don’t come to our country illegally. Come like other people do. Come legally,” Trump said.

The Trump Administration’s zero tolerance stance on illegal immigration faced some legal hurdles, as U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that migrant children under the age of five who have been separated must be reunited with their parents.

In response to the ruling, government officials have been working on reuniting the families.

Sabraw applauded their efforts to follow the ruling by mentioning that she was “very encouraged” and has noticed that “real progress” is being made.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, faced criticism over its treatment of migrant families that have been detained.

In response to the criticism, a growing number of Democrats came out in favor of either reforming or completely abolishing ICE, which was formed in 2013 under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Many of those politicians who called for the shutdown of ICE are candidates who are running in primary elections against Democratic incumbents.

Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is in favor of dismantling the agency.

“I think we’ve come to a moment where we need to call for the abolishment of ICE,” Nixon said.

Other Democrats such as Sen. Kamala Harris of California insist that ICE must be “re-examined.”

“I think there’s no question that we’ve got to critically re-examine ICE and its role and the way that it is being administered and the work it is doing. And we need to probably think about starting from scratch,”  Harris said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, has also been critical of ICE.

“I think that what we need is to create policies [that] deal with immigration in a rational way. And a rational way is not locking children up in detention centers or separating them from their mothers,” Sanders said.

Despite the opposition to ICE by many Democrats, the majority of U.S. voters are against abolishing the agency. A recent poll from Politico discovered that 54 percent think the government should keep ICE.