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Donald Trump defends aposzero-toleranceapos immigration policy amid fury over separated children

Donald Trump defends 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy amid fury over separated childrenDonald Trump dug in his heels over a controversial "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that has seen thousands of children forcibly separated from their parents at the Mexican border. Mr Trump pointed to Europe, which he said had become a "migrant camp," and said that would not happen to the United States under his leadership. Speaking at the White House the US president said: "The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. You look at what's happening in Europe, and in other places, we cannot allow that to happen. Not on my watch." Mr Trump spoke amid an uproar among Democrats and Republicans as images of children being held in wire mesh cages, and toddlers crying as they were separated from their mothers, emerged from the border. The president said criminals were using children like a "Trojan horse" to get into America, that "a county without borders is not a country at all," and that people coming in were bringing "death and destruction". He added: "They are thieves and murderers and so much else." A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the US-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 Credit: John Moore/Getty Images Criticising the more open immigration policies of his European Nato allies Mr Trump wrote on Twitter: "Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" He specifically mentioned Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, falsely suggesting "crime in Germany is way up" and immigration was why "the people of Germany are turning against their leadership". Asked if British Prime Minister Theresa May thought it was acceptable to cage children, her spokesman said Tuesday: “I would point you to the UK’s own immigration policy.” He went on: “It does not apply these measures and does not intend to do so. The welfare and safeguarding of children is at the heart of our immigration policy. We do not separate child refugee or asylum seeker

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