Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Monday said President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE should stop his administration’s “heartless” zero-tolerance immigration policy, which has resulted in children being separated from their parents.
Bush, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016, also said Congress should pass an immigration law that addresses issues raised by both Democrats and Republicans.
“Children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool. @realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers,” Bush tweeted.”
Children shouldn’t be used as a negotiating tool. @realDonaldTrump should end this heartless policy and Congress should get an immigration deal done that provides for asylum reform, border security and a path to citizenship for Dreamers. https://t.co/OOjv0vNeVg— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 18, 2018
Bush’s comments came shortly after Trump tweeted that criminals were using children to enter the U.S.
Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
The Trump administration announced last month a “zero tolerance” immigration policy that leads federal agents to aggressively prosecute adults caught trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. As a result of the policy, thousands of migrant children have been separated from their parents when caught crossing the border.
Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits McCabe wins back full FBI pension after being fired under Trump Overnight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability MORE said the policy would likely lead to more separations but also said it would deter future immigrants from trying to cross the southern border.
The practice has been widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans.
Trump has tried to blame Democrats for his administration’s policy, but has refused to cooperate with Democrats to eliminate the practice. Administration officials meanwhile have continued to defend the policy.
On Sunday, former first lady Laura Bush slammed the policy, calling it "cruel" and "immoral."