Washington: US President Donald Trump has called for speedy deportations that bypass any judicial process. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday, BBC reported.
The comments come days after he reversed a policy to separate migrant children from their parents following fierce backlash at home and abroad.
More than 2,300 children were separated from their parents in May and June. As of May, all migrants who cross the US border illegally face criminal prosecution under the “zero tolerance” policy.
The President did not make the distinction between economic migrants and those seeking asylum. Trump has faced criticism, including from his own Republican Party, for his choice of language on Twitter.
When he earlier said immigrants threatened “to pour into and infest our Country”, Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen tweeted back at him saying his “baseless rhetoric” was “repugnant” and dehumanised those looking for a better life. US immigration officials say 2,342 children were separated from 2,206 parents from May 5 to June 9.
On June 20, Trump backed down from his support for the policy and signed an executive order ending the practice of separating families. He said at the time: “I did not like the sight or feeling of families being separated.”
Trump’s directive allows for long-term detention of immigrant children (albeit with their parents), which violates federal law that limits child detention to 20 days.
Children gather together on the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border fence on Sunday in Sunland Park, New Mexico.
Trump tells Fallon to ‘be a man’
- ￼US President Donald Trump slammed Jimmy Fallon over the TV show host’s recent comments in a podcast episode wherein Fallon became choked up talking about the grief he got after tussling Trump’s hair on his show.
- ￼According to hollywoodreporter.com, Trump tweeted on Sunday: “”Jimmy Fallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), and that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have ‘humanised’ me-he is taking heat. He called and said ‘monster ratings.’ Be a man Jimmy!”
- ￼The hair-tussling incident occurred during 2016 episode of Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” after Trump had become the Republican presidential nominee, but two months before he was elected president. During the taping, Fallon asked for and was granted permission to “mess up” Trump’s hair, which has been the source of mockery and curiosity over the years. Fallon was instantly attacked over the move.
Evan Rachel Wood travels to Texas to helps families
- “Westworld” star Evan Rachel Wood has travelled to Texas to extend help to the families that have been separated at the US-Mexico border.
- The 30-year-old actor took to Instagram where she revealed that she was distressed by some of the stories she heard about the situation at the border that she decided to go on a tour to the state to offer help.
- “Ever since I heard about everything happening in our country and the separation policy, I’ve been wondering what I can do. “So I’ve flown to Texas and am going to be on the front lines for the next few days to find out what I can do to help – what we can do to help,” Wood said in a video she shared.
- She also took to Twitter to keep people apprised about the situation in the state.
- One of her posts read, “Just hung out with some of the families at one of the shelters people are sent to while they are being processed. Played with the kids for hours. They were so sweet, insanely smart, and creative.