Trump: Dems 'will do anything' to obstruct on immigration

Trump: Dems 'will do anything' to obstruct on immigration
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE on Wednesday accused Democrats of wanting to “obstruct” immigration law, saying members of the party are pushing for “open borders.”

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“The Fake News is not mentioning the safety and security of our Country when talking about illegal immigration,” the president tweeted. 

“Our immigration laws are the weakest and worst anywhere in the world, and the Dems will do anything not to change them & to obstruct-want open borders which means crime!” 

The president’s tweet comes as his administration grapples with the widespread condemnation of its “zero tolerance” immigration policy at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE unveiled the policy in April, directing the Justice Department to prioritize the criminal prosecution of individuals attempting to cross the border illegally. The policy has led to the separation of children from their families when the adults face prosecution.

According to a report in The Associated Press earlier this month, approximately 2,000 children had been separated from their families in recent weeks.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have criticized the policy and called for action, while the president has repeatedly blamed Democrats. 

The House is expected to vote on Thursday on two different pieces of immigration legislation. Trump has said he stands behind the GOP members of the House “1,000 percent.”

Meanwhile, the Senate GOP on Tuesday expressed support for legislation that would end the family separations at the border.