President Trump Warns Migrants are ‘Grabbing Children’ at the Border
Trump exposes 'grabbers' who travel with a child as a human shield for asylum
President Trump has revealed that Central American caravan migrants are "grabbing children" and using them as human shields while attempting to storm the US Southern Border.
Referring to them as "grabbers," the president expressed skepticism about the women and children seen trying to gain entry to the United States illegally.
Trump said that, in many cases, the adults trying to make illegal border crossings with children are "not the parents" of the minors they are seen traveling with.
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Speaking about the motivation behind the "grabbers," Trump cited the "crazy laws that, frankly, Congress should be changing."
He added that migrants are traveling with children because it gives them "a certain status" when they attempt to cross the border
“In some cases, you know, they’re not the parents,” Trump said after he was asked by reporters about pictures of women and children running away from the tear gas deployed by United States border enforcement officials on Sunday.
“These are people, they call ’em grabbers,” he said.
“They grab a child because they think they’ll have a certain status by having a child.”
Trump commented on the incident while speaking to reporters after hosting a roundtable meeting on prison reform in Mississippi.
He questioned why any parent would take their child to a place where they could be endangered by violence from migrants trying to rush the border.
“When you know there’s going to be potential violence, you know there’s going to be tear gas or something, you don’t take your child and bring them there,” he said.
Trump repeated that some migrants traveled with minors because they felt it gave them better chances of successfully entering the United States.
“I can say that all over the border you have a lot of grabbers, you have a lot of people that grab children and they have no idea who these children are,” Trump said.
“They’re not parents. They have no idea.
"And frankly, to release the children to these people is a disaster.”
Border officials have noted an increase of adults traveling with minors trying to claim asylum in the United States, despite not having proof that they are the parents.