Donald Trump Blames Democrat Immigration Policies for Child Deaths in Custody

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President Donald Trump has responded to the deaths of two children in ICE custody on the southern border, blaming Democrats on Saturday.

The tweets marked Trump's first public comments about the deaths of the children.

With that back history, it's no wonder that many Twitter users suspected Trump was only trolling Democrats, who have said they will not fund the wall.

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Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, and Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, died after claiming asylum and being detained at the border.

The U.S. president also took a swipe at the North American Free Trade Agreement (which the U.S., Mexico, and Canada agreed to replace in early October) and said the U.S. would be cutting off aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, claiming without evidence that another caravan of immigrants is on its way north.

Some people posted old Trump tweets they thought were more relevant to the conversation. "If we had a Wall, they wouldn't even try!"

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Trump's statements - the first in which he has addressed the children's deaths - came on the second day of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's tour of border communities throughout the southwest USA following Gomez Alonzo's death earlier this week, which she has called "deeply concerning and heartbreaking".

The government shutdown is now expected to carry on into next year.

With her agency facing increasing criticism over the treatment of migrants, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen announced the new medical screenings for immigrant children and she embarked Friday on a two-day tour of border facilities in Texas and New Mexico. Instead, the little boy vomited and spiked a fever; he died at a New Mexico hospital.

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