Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Trump Hits Democrats on Border Cage Photos

Trump Hits Democrats on Border Cage Photos

"If we want to talk about optics, I'm sure she was just like, 'This is a handsome photo of me and my son, I'm going to post it, etc., etc.,'" McCain said, "but yes, when you are the special adviser to the president of the United States of America, whether they like it or not, they got to think about optics".

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Indeed, the photos date back to the Obama era, although they recently re-surfaced on

Lee Gelernt of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project said Tuesday that "Children are begging and screaming not to be separated from their parents, as they're hauled off to different cities".

The images, which were first published by the Associated Press in 2014, resurfaced over the weekend for reasons that remain unclear, and quickly prompted viral outrage on Twitter.

Another former Obama official, Cecilia Muñoz, who served as the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, offered a similar explanation to NPR on Tuesday.

Other liberal activists also linked to the Arizona Republic story using the hashtag "WhereAreOurChildren", which grew out of testimony in April by a federal official that the United States government had lost track of almost 1500 unaccompanied minor children it placed with adult sponsors in the US. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Young detainees escorted to an area to make phone calls. "Today, in 2018, the government is CREATING unaccompanied minors by tearing them away from family at the border".

The focus on the separation of children from their parents is part of a broader debate about illegal immigration.

"The loopholes that they fight so hard to protect are the source" of the controversy, said Stephen Miller, the president's top adviser on immigration policy, referring to Democrats. Around the same time, the Trump administration announced a "zero-tolerance" policy to ramp up prosecutions of individuals who cross the border illegally.

The government reportedly places the separated children in foster homes.

A 2008 law, passed unanimously by Congress and signed into law by former US President George W Bush, says children travelling alone from countries other than Mexico or Canada must be released in the "least restrictive setting" - often to family or a government-run shelter - while their cases slowly wind through immigration court.

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