Joining a chorus of critics as diverse as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former First Ladies Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, which has resulted in 2,000 kids being forcibly separated from their families — including a little girl with Down’s syndrome whose father is a legal U.S. resident.
“We strongly urge the U.S. government to reconsider this policy,” Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Tuesday. He called the Trump administration policies “cruel and inhumane,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Videgaray, who’d recently spoken to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, cited the case of a ten-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome. She was split from her mother and brother when the family tried to enter the country and they were sent to different holding facilities. The girl’s father is a legal U.S. resident and the government of Mexico is working to reunite them, the Journal reports.
“This situation is unacceptable,” Videgaray said and called on the international community to act.
Critics say the internment of children at the border, after they’ve been forcibly ripped from their parents, is a leveraging tactic the Trump administration is using to extract concessions from Democrats, including funding for a border wall.
At a speech before the National Small Business Association Donald Trump once again demanded a wall.
“We have no wall. We have no border security. Without a border, you don’t have a country,” he said