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Trump Supporter Doesn’t Want To Hear About Babies In Cages, ‘Stop Trying to Make Us Feel Teary-Eyed for Children’

On Wednesday, President Trump reversed his previous claims that only Congress could stop his administration’s ruthless policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The Trump administration instituted the policy in early May when they announced a “zero-tolerance” policy that meant all illegal border crossings would be prosecuted criminally. In the roughly one month since the policy was implemented over 2,300 children were ripped from their parents.

On Wednesday, amidst growing outcry and pressure from typically loyal GOP lawmakers, the president issued an executive order ending family separations. Instead, the administration plans to detain families together indefinitely. There is legal precedent that disallows the government from detaining children longer than 20 days. The executive order is sure to come under legal challenge.

While the president appeared to be responsive to the images of distraught children desperate for their parents, he reportedly told lawmakers the images were bad politically, his supporters have remained unmoved.

A recent report from CNN asked this question of Trump supporters in Arizona. Supporters supported the president’s hardline approach, claiming he was simply enforcing the law. Of course, there is no law mandating family separations.

Ron Carroll is a 69-year-old from Mesa, Arizona. He said, “He should enforce the laws like he’s doing, and our Congress needs to abide by the laws and follow the laws and enforce the laws — not go against our president. I blame it on the parents for letting it happen because they bring them up and know they can’t get across there legally.”

The idea that children were forcibly removed from their parents and placed in detention does not bother Carroll who is a retiree from St. Louis. He places the blame squarely on the immigrants themselves. He continued, “Like I said earlier, it’s the parents that bring them up, and they already know they’re going to take them away, so to me there’s no issue there.”

Mrs. Carroll, Ron’s wife is not angry with the administration’s cruel policy, she is angry with the media for covering it. She said, “I think people need to stop constantly bringing up the poor children, the poor children — the parents are the problems, they’re the ones coming in illegally.” She went on, “Quit trying to make us feel teary-eyed for the children. Yes, I love children a great deal, but to me, it’s up to the parents to do things rightfully and legally.”

Mrs. Carroll continued, “To be perfectly honest, I’m angry at the parents. I feel very honestly that it’s their fault that the children have been separated because they’re bringing them in illegally. And the other thing is, the law that has been put on the books was not put on recently. It was put on back many years ago, and I think very seriously that they need very firmly to say enough is enough.”

An 84-year-old likened the practice of destroying families to a time he was cited for illegally swimming in a lake. He said, “Here’s how I feel about it: When I was a kid, 16 years old, I got fined for swimming in a lake ’cause I didn’t follow the rules. These people that we have coming across the border illegally are breaking the rules. I have no feelings for them at all.”

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