President TrumpDonald TrumpJury in Jussie Smollett trial begins deliberations Pence says he'll 'evaluate' any requests from Jan. 6 panel Biden's drug overdose strategy pushes treatment for some, prison for others MORE on Friday again blamed Democrats for his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border.
In an impromptu interview on “Fox & Friends,” Trump said he “hates” the policy, and claimed the Democrats could change the “law” if they voted with Republicans on immigration reform.
“Democrats forced that law on the nation,” he said.
Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE, enacted a “zero tolerance” policy at the border last month, mandating that everyone apprehended illegally entering the U.S. will face criminal charges.
The policy is resulting in parents being separated from their children while facing legal prosecution.
Sessions says the measure is necessary to increase border security. Trump has blamed Democrats in the past for the policy, citing inaction on immigration reform.
The policy has drawn significant criticism from lawmakers and immigration advocates, who have raised concerns about the treatment of migrant children in custody. The White House has repeatedly defended the policy.
Trump said on Friday during the same interview that he would refuse to sign the more “moderate” of two immigration bills proposed by the House GOP.
Republican leaders agreed to hold two votes next week on a compromise immigration bill that included a measure that would end the separation of migrant children and parents at the border, and on a more hard-line immigration measure.