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Arnold Schwarzenegger has given his opinion on the controversial 'tender age' shelters immigrant children are being placed in due to the Trump administrations immigration laws.
Tweeting his feelings, Arnie wrote that, while he agrees that the US has a 'absurdly broken immigration system', 'kids shouldn't be pawns while the 'adults' figure it out' finishing 'if anybody is going to be in a cage while we wait for a comprehensive reform, let's make it the politicians who don't do their jobs, not innocent kids'.
As an immigrant, I know the magnetic power of America's greatness. As a former border Governor, I know the importance of securing our border and fixing our absurdly broken immigration system. As an American, I know that kids shouldn't be pawns while the "adults" figure it out.- Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) June 20, 2018
His tweets come in response to the news that since May the US has taken over 2,300 children - including infants - away from their parents and placed them in 'tender age shelters'. Footage caught in Texas showed over 1000 children locked in a detention warehouse.
Medical providers who have been to the facility have spoken about hearing children crying and being in distress, according to the Guardian.
The administration is right that we need to fix our immigration system. But if anybody is going to be in a cage while we wait for a comprehensive reform, let's make it the politicians who don't do their jobs in the cages, not innocent kids.- Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) June 20, 2018
The shocking images of the locked-up kids has caused a huge backlash online, with celebrities, politicians and Average Joes slamming the detentions and urging Trump to reunite the kids with their parents.
In the face of the critisim, Trump defended the policy on Twitter, as ever, where he wrote that 'children are being used by some of the worst criminals on Earth as a means to enter [the US]'. Before going on to blame democrats for not introducing tighter laws earlier.
However, earlier today he announced he will be signing an executive order (he loves doing that, doesn't he?) to ensure that families are kept together.
Children are being used by some of the worst criminals on earth as a means to enter our country. Has anyone been looking at the Crime taking place south of the border. It is historic, with some countries the most dangerous places in the world. Not going to happen in the U.S.- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
According to the Guardian, he said: "We're looking to keep families together. Very important. We're going to be signing an executive order. We are also going to count on congress, obviously, but we are signing an executive order in a little while. We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want.
"So I'm going to be signing an executive order in a little while before I go to Minnesota but, at the same time, I think you have to understand, we're keeping families together but we have to keep our borders strong. We will be overrun with crime and with people that should not be in our country."
He went on to say that the US wants 'great' people to come into the country.
Source: The Guardian
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