Geraldo Rivera to Hannity: 'When did we become the party of child abuse?'

Fox News's Geraldo Rivera said late Tuesday that the Republican Party has become "the party of child abuse," referring to a Trump administration policy that has resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents. 

"The Democrats have a deal, a DACA fix, and a fix on separation for kids. [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer’s answer is no. Why? Because he wants it for politics. They’re playing politics. Fix the law and do your job. That’s it," Fox News host Sean Hannity, referring to an Obama-era program protecting young immigrants, said in introducing an interview with Rivera.

"This is cruelty as policy. This is an obscenity," Rivera responded after some cross-talk.

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"This is the government of the United States and the president that we both love advocating a system by which young children are torn from their mothers," Rivera added. "History will judge us, Sean. ... We must take a stand on something."

"I agree. Here’s where we draw the line. I want no separation. The president and you supported him, offered a DACA fix and a fix on this law, as horrible as it is, immediately he’ll sign it," Hannity, a staunch supporter of the president, replied.

"No matter what the president has done or will say, this is the only thing people are thinking about," Rivera said. 

"It can be fixed tomorrow," Hannity insisted.

“Twenty-three hundred children have been torn from their parents forcibly,” an emotional Rivera shot back. “These are little babies, 18 months old. These are 10-year-olds with disabilities taken from their parents. This is impossible. We can’t condone this. The Republicans are the party of faith and family."

“When did we become the party of child abuse?” Rivera added in disbelief.

The exchange came as the topic of migrant family separations dominated cable news discussion for a second straight day, with many segments featuring emotional calls for an end to the policy.

Hannity asked Rivera later in the interview if he supported an "emergency session of Congress, take the DACA, take the separation fix, take the funding of the wall, and both houses do their job and the president signs it. It can happen tomorrow."

"I agree. But before tomorrow, tonight, the president should end this policy," Rivera said.

"You aren’t answering the question," Hannity pressed.

"I do not condone child abuse," Rivera explained.

"Don’t play politics. You can’t be that naive," the host retorted.

"There are 2,300 babies without their mother tonight," Rivera noted.

"Congress should do their job," Hannity replied.

Several polls show considerable opposition to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, with Quinnipiac showing a 66 to 27 percent margin against it and CNN showing only 28 percent approval.

Majorities of Republicans in both polls, however, support the policy.