Armed Services committee chair: Democrats don't trust Trump to implement 'humane' immigration policy

 Armed Services committee chair: Democrats don't trust Trump to implement 'humane' immigration policy

House Armed Services Committee Chair Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithHouse and Senate head for showdown on must-pass defense bill Overnight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran House approves defense bill after adding liberal sweeteners MORE (D-Wash.) said Sunday that resolving issues on the U.S. border with Mexico requires a “humane” approach that Democrats do not trust President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE to implement.

“Democrats do not trust this president to implement a humane policy when it comes to the immigrants,” Smith said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday.




“There is a crisis on the border, no question. The president’s policies have contributed to that crisis. His maximum pressure campaign on immigrants has led a lot of people in Central America to think this is their last chance of ever getting into America,” he added.

Smith added that Trump’s push to cut off foreign aid to the same Central American nations that have been the source of the recent influx of migrants has also exacerbated the crisis.

“We can’t trust this president with the money we give him to not use it for the wrong purposes,” he said.

“We need a better more humane policy to address what is legitimately a crisis. What's going on with the children and the families at the border right now is unacceptable in this country. And we must work to fix it,” Smith told CBS’ Margaret Brennan.

The weekend saw reports of unsanitary and dangerous conditions at detention facilities for migrants, including four toddlers sent to the hospital last week after being held at a Border Patrol facility. Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceJewish group plans DC protest to occupy ICE detention centers Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border Pence aide: Trump's 'intent' wasn't racist MORE said earlier Sunday that conditions illustrated why “Congress needs to act” on an immigration deal.