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Real victims of immigration crisis are murdered Americans, says Trump

He focused on the fact that young migrants separated from parents are likely to be reunited, unlike the victims of murders.

President Donald Trump has cast doubt on heartbreaking tales of migrant children separated from their families at the border, dismissing “phoney stories of sadness and grief”.

Mr Trump said that the real victims of the nation’s immigration crisis are Americans who have been killed by those who cross the border unlawfully.

Bombarded with criticism condemning the family separations as a national moment of shame, Mr Trump came back firing, sometimes twisting facts and changing his story but nonetheless highlighting the genuine grief of families on the other side of the equation.

President Donald Trump spoke to families of murder victims (Susan Walsh/AP)

“You hear the other side, you never hear this side,” said Mr Trump, standing with a dozen of what he calls the “angel families” who lost loved ones at the hands of people in the country illegally.

He focused on the fact that young migrants separated from parents are likely to be reunited, unlike the victims of murders.

“These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word ‘permanently’ being the word that you have to think about. Permanently — they’re not separated for a day or two days, these are permanently separated because they were killed by criminal illegal aliens.”

President Donald Trump stands alongside family members affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants (Evan Vucci/AP)

Amid mushrooming bipartisan concern over depictions of terrified migrant children separated from their parents, Mr Trump on Wednesday abruptly reversed course and signed an executive order to overturn the policy, although up to 2,000 children are still believed to be separated from their parents.

But that rare moment of public capitulation was brief from the president, who laced his remarks at a rally in Minnesota that night with hardline immigration rhetoric that continued on Friday. In a tweet, the president raised questions about whether the migrants’ hardships really existed.

“We must maintain a Strong Southern Border,” the president tweeted. “We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!”

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