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Trump Flips Script, Tears Into 'Pathetic' Democrat Policies That Killed Children at Border

Donald Trump has become a convenient punching bag for most of the left, especially on the issue of immigration. Whether it’s mass caravans of migrants demanding asylum or adults trying to illegally cross the border carrying children, the liberal narrative has become rather predicable: It’s all Trump’s fault.

A prime example might be liberal Hollywood actress who Anne Hathaway, who breathlessly shrieked about the government “gassing children” after non-lethal tear gas was used by Border Patrol. Like much of the media, Hathaway ignored the many times that Obama-era officials did the exact same thing, while pinning all blame on Trump.

But on Saturday, the president pushed back against that narrative. Posting to Twitter — where else? — Trump declared that Democrats owned much of the blame for the border situation after years of mis-management.

“Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally,” he posted. “They can’t. If we had a Wall, they wouldn’t even try!”

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He didn’t randomly decide to talk about the deaths of children. Trump was referencing several recent incidents in which kids who were brought up through Mexico by adult border-crosses ended up having serious health complications after being found by Border Patrol.

“Felipe Gomez Alonzo, eight, died this week after being apprehended by border agents in Texas,” reported Fox News. Was it Trump’s fault? The facts suggest not.

“After an agent noticed Alonzo coughing, father and son were taken to an Alamogordo (New Mexico) hospital, where Felipe was diagnosed with a common cold and found to have a fever of 103 degrees,” Fox continued. “But after being released with medication, he fell ill and died in the hospital.”

Do you think Trump has a valid point with these tweets?

It’s worth pointing out that in that case, hospital staff with no political agenda signed off on the boy being released from the hospital before he ended up getting worse.

In another instance, a young girl died after she went for several days without food or water — a sad situation that happened well before Border Patrol found her and tried to help.

“The two children in question were very sick before they were given over to Border Patrol,” President Trump acknowledged on Twitter.

“The father of the young girl said it was not their fault, he hadn’t given her water in days. Border Patrol needs the Wall and it will all end. They are working so hard & getting so little credit!” he added.

Trump’s tweets will likely do nothing to quell the anger of liberals, and there’s no denying that from a public relations standpoint he sometimes needs to step away from the keyboard. But the thing is, he has an interesting point.

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It appears to be true that Central American migrants were told falsehoods about how arduous the journey across Mexico would be, or what would happen once they reached the U.S. border.

Interview after interview with migrants, not to mention the evidence of their own actions, supports the claim that they were expecting to be let into the United States with seemingly no questions asked.

Would the tragic deaths of young migrant children have happened if they hadn’t been dragged thousands of miles without proper food, water, or medical care? Probably not.

And who has been promoting open borders and mass immigration? Who has been encouraging the migrants to make that dangerous trek? It hasn’t been Trump. It hasn’t been conservatives.

It has been the left, both in the United States and in places like Honduras.

If one group keeps encouraging people to try to swim across a dangerous river where many people drown, who is at fault for the deaths: lookouts on the other side of the rapids, or the voices who keep urging more and more people to jump into the deadly water?

That’s essentially what’s happening right now with mass migration across unsafe areas like central Mexico. Liberals can point fingers at the president all they want, but they are the ones who keep encouraging it. Reality speaks for itself.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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