President Trump hits back in row over immigration

President Donald Trump has rejected criticism that his “zero-tolerance” immigration policy has caused family separations at the US southern border.

And he pointed to crime in Germany and gangs in the United States as the reason tough laws are necessary.

He tweeted: “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us!”

Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered prosecutors to charge every person illegally crossing the border.

Children travelling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centres.

President Trump blamed Democrats for not fixing the law, despite the GOP being divided on the issue and unable to agree on an immigration plan.

He tweeted: “Where is the outcry for the killings and crime being caused by gangs and thugs, including MS-13, coming into our country illegally?”

Several high-profile killings in Germany in which migrants were suspects made national headlines.

But according to official crime statistics released last month, crime in Germany dropped nearly 10% in 2017 compared with the previous year.

- Press Association

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