‘Fox & Friends’ host: Many migrant children ‘turn into MS-13’

“Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade on Tuesday said many immigrant children who come to America “turn into” members of the MS-13 gang.

Kilmeade discussed the ongoing controversy facing the Trump administration over its “zero tolerance” policy at the southern border.

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“We are $20 trillion in debt. We have classrooms that are overrun. We have teachers buying their own supplies. These kids come in — fantastic, Oprah Winfrey, I’m glad you’re upset about this,” Kilmeade said.

“But these kids get fanned out to working-class neighborhoods into our society. And then they have to be paid for by English is a second language. And then they got to be schooled and a lot of them, sadly, in my neighborhood, turn into MS-13,” he added.

In April, Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' Acting AG Whitaker's wife defends him in lengthy email to journalist Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children separated from parents than previously known MORE ordered the Justice Department to prioritize the criminal prosecution of individuals trying to unlawfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that approximately 2,000 children were removed from their families in recent weeks.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed outrage over the separations, which come as the House continues its debate over immigration legislation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Rove warns Senate GOP: Don't put only focus on base Ann Coulter blasts Trump shutdown compromise: ‘We voted for Trump and got Jeb!’ MORE on Tuesday blamed Democrats, saying they want undocumented immigrants in the United States.

"Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13," the president wrote on Twitter.

"They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!"